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Written by Ron   
Thursday, 22 June 2006
ImageThe Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) in Qualicum Beach, B.C. is pleased to announce that in conjunction with its Second Annual Qualicum Beach Harvest of Music (September 23 through October 1, 2006) the Japanese taiko drumming and Kagura ensemble Saiho Kotengu, from Nagasaki Prefecture, and special guest Tiffany Tamaribuchi, the internationally acclaimed North American taiko performer and instructor, will be in residence from September 25 through October 6. In addition to public performances and workshops, Saiho Kotengu will be concentrating on bringing its combination of traditional Japanese culture, music and dance to British Columbia schools (elementary through university level), and students will have ample opportunity for hands-on taiko drumming experience.

The Old School House Arts Centre, 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach, B.C.


Public Performance:Wednesday, September 27, 7:00-9:00 PM at The Qualicum Beach Civic Centre; Admission: $10.00 Tickets available now at The Old School House Arts Centre or by telephone (250-752-6133) credit card order.


Public Workshop: Saturday, September 30, 2:30-4:30 PM at The Qualicum Beach Elementary School Gymnasium (Adjacent to The Old School House Arts Centre); Admission:  $10.00 Tickets available now at The Old School House Arts Centre or by telephone (250-752-6133) credit card order. In addition to hands-on taiko drumming instruction, interested participants may also receive instruction in Sato-Kagura dancing.

Private Lessons in Taiko Drumming and/or Sato-Kagura: Scheduled on an individual basis.  $25 per half-hour; $40 per hour. Conducted at The Old School House Arts Centre.

Saiho Kotengu -- Based in the town of Obama in Nagasaki Prefecture, this remarkable taiko ensemble plays not only pieces from the traditional repertoire but also original compositions by its members. In addition, traditional costumed folk dancing and singing (Sato-kagura) are integral components of performances. The ensemble is directed by Joichi Miyahara, a former member of the important Ondekoza group, from which the well-known Kodo Drummers were born. Mr. Miyahara is dedicated to incorporating new ideas and approaches into the traditional structures and has collaborated with pianist Ron Hadley on several projects involving the combination of jazz and taiko music.

 

The Old School House Arts Centre

Saihou Kotengu Taiko Drumming Ensemble Residency (Sept. 25-Oct. 6, 2006)

 

Profiles of Ensemble Members

 

1)         Kazuo Ebisu                 Ensemble leader and central player.  Also well-known as a free-

lance soloist participating in sessions with traditional Japanese

instruments such as shamisen as well as western instruments.

Accomplished taiko music composer and taiko instructor.

2)         Mutsumi Takagi                        Plays all taiko drums, flutes and various percussion instruments.

                                                Accomplished taiko instructor specializing in teaching taiko

                                                drumming to children.

3)         Yutaka Matsuyama       Plays all taiko drums.

4)         Youko Hayashida         Plays all taiko drums.

5)         Yu Imafuku                   Born in the town of Hikimi in Shimane Prefecture. Began

                                                studying and performing Iwami Kagura as a young child. Joined

                                                the internationally acclaimed, Sado Island-based taiko ensemble

                                                Ondekoza at the age of 24 and traveled all over the world playing

                                                concerts with that group  Currently an extremely in demand,

                                                free-lance taiko and sato-kagura (Iwami Kagura) performer who

                                                has devoted his life to recreating and transmitting age-old

                                                performing arts traditions from all over Japan.  Mr. Imafuku is

                                                an inspiring and widely acknowledged master of taiko drumming

                                                and the characteristic singing and costumed dancing involved in

                                                sato-kagura performances.

6)         Ai Suenaga                   A taiko player and kagura performer who became a student of Yu

                                                Imafuku upon graduating from high school.  Has performed

                                                internationally in Mr. Imafuku's ensembles as well as in

                                                Ondekoza.

7)         Eri Doumoto                 A taiko player and kagura performer who has also trained in the

                                                craft of creating taiko drums.  Has studied under Yu Imafuku

                                                and performed internationally in Mr. Imafuku's ensembles.  

 

 

 

Tiffany Tamaribuchi:      Having studied taiko for several years in her home state of California, Tiffany started traveling to Japan in 1991, participating in a KODO JUKU on Sado Island led by Katsuji Kondo, training a bit with Oedo Sukeroku Taiko in Tokyo and also learning Suigun Daiko in Sacramento's sister-city, Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture).  In 1993, she realized her dream of providing classes for children who wanted to learn to play, founding the Sacramento Taiko Dan Children's Ensemble.

This was also the year she was invited to join ZA ONDEKOZA on their North American tour, enabling her to perform as a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in 1994 She continued to tour as a guest artist with the group in Asia and Japan in 1995 and appears on the Ondekoza Live '95 VHS Video and Laserdisc. In 1996 she left Ondekoza and went to Okinawa to study with Zampa Ufujishi Taiko and the Mafueakaji Eisa group. Stints touring in Japan were balanced with concerts and tours with Sac Taiko, including a series of performances in Europe. In 1998 she refocused her attention back to her own groups and career in the United States, continuing to work, tour and perform with Sacramento Taiko Dan and JODAIKO, and creating TOZAI WADAIKO, a smaller professional ensemble. She also began working with other groups throughout North America, Europe and Japan, becoming one of the most highly sought after and respected Taiko workshop facilitators in the United States.

In 2002, Tiffany won the OTA-I-KO Hibike Zenkoku Ippon-uchi (All-Japan Odaiko Competition) and was a finalist in the first Tokyo International Odaiko competition the same year. She continues to teach and perform with her own ensembles, as a solo artist and as a guest artist with other groups and solo performers.

 

Over the course of its 25-year history Saihou Kotengu has performed throughout Japan and Asia (as well as in Hawaii) in a wide variety of concert, special events, festival and broadcast settings. The group is also well-known for its expertise in teaching taiko drumming techniques to people of all ages and nationalities in extremely participatory workshops.

The Old School House Arts Centre

Saihou Kotengu Taiko Drumming Ensemble Residency (Sept. 25-Oct. 6, 2006)

Profiles of Ensemble Members

1)         Kazuo Ebisu

Ensemble leader and central player.  Also well-known as a free-lance soloist participating in sessions with traditional Japanese instruments such as shamisen as well as western instruments. Accomplished taiko music composer and taiko instructor.

2)         Mutsumi Takagi

Plays all taiko drums, flutes and various percussion instruments. Accomplished taiko instructor specializing in teaching taiko drumming to children.

3)         Yutaka Matsuyama

Plays all taiko drums.

4)         Youko Hayashida

Plays all taiko drums.

5)         Yu Imafuku

Born in the town of Hikimi in Shimane Prefecture. Began studying and performing Iwami Kagura as a young child. Joined the internationally acclaimed, Sado Island-based taiko ensemble Ondekoza at the age of 24 and traveled all over the world playing concerts with that group  Currently an extremely in demand, free-lance taiko and sato-kagura (Iwami Kagura) performer who has devoted his life to recreating and transmitting age-old performing arts traditions from all over Japan.  Mr. Imafuku is an inspiring and widely acknowledged master of taiko drumming and the characteristic singing and costumed dancing involved in sato-kagura performances.

6)         Ai Suenaga

A taiko player and kagura performer who became a student of Yu Imafuku upon graduating from high school.  Has performed internationally in Mr. Imafuku's ensembles as well as in Ondekoza.

7)         Eri Doumoto

A taiko player and kagura performer who has also trained in the craft of creating taiko drums.  Has studied under Yu Imafuku and performed internationally in Mr. Imafuku's ensembles.

 

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