224 TUTOR: John Bolwell
Taiko Drumming is an energising performance art that originates from Japan and is fun and invigorating to play. Some of its roots are in age old folk festivals and temple drumming. We will develop the art of playing as a group and learn movements that will add expression and excitement to the sound we produce. Starting from basics, you will learn the playing stance, how to hold and manipulate the drumsticks and maintain a simple rhythm. Exercises and drills will help you play in a way that is coordinated and full bodied. Out of simple rhythmic patterns which blend in layers, we will create a complete performance piece by the end of the week.
Each day will begin with a thorough physical warm up and a short period of stillness.
Starting with simple rhythms, these will be combined to form a whole group sound where the whole becomes much more than the sum of its parts.
To do this we will practice the playing stance, and how to find a balance of flexibility and firmness in holding the bachi (drumsticks).
We will give a brief introduction to the origins of Taiko and introduce the three main ji-uchi (base rhythms). To add variety we will explore some bachi sabaki (drumstick manipulation) which will be added to the mix.
Over the week we build up an entertaining and dynamic Taiko tune. Expect to get a bit fitter, learn a new skill and enjoy the community spirit that drumming evokes.
Drums and bachi will be supplied.
Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement.
Also, lightweight footwear that has a reasonable grip.
John's drumming journey began in the late 1980's with African style hand drums. Later, encountering Japanese style Taiko drumming, he was attracted by how this combined physical movement skills into the art of playing the drum. His initial learning was in Fukui, Japan with Kurumaya Sensei and since then he has been running Taiko groups for 18 years.
John commenced his exploration of Oriental Arts in the early 1970's with the practice of Tai Chi which he continues to teach. His study in China has included learning the Warrior role from Beijing Opera.
His wife Dee will help to lead this Taiko course. She has many years of drumming and performance experience and teaches a Taiko group in the Lake District.
All courses run for 5 days
WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul
WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul
WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul
WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug
9.15AM to 12.15PM
1.45PM to 4.30PM
All Day Courses
9.15AM to 4.30PM