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Feb New England Taiko Kai newsletter PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Leong   
Sunday, 28 January 2007

ImageDan Bensen was kind enough to send us a copy of the latest New England Taiko Kai newsletter. It's chock full of events that you should check out if you are in the New England Area. The events that Dan mentions have also been submitted to the Event Calendar, so it will be easy to keep track of what's going on when.

To check out the newsletter, just click on the "more" link at the end of this article.



Dear taiko enthusiasts, 

This is the truncated February edition of the New England Taiko Kai newsletter.  It isn’t easy being a taiko aficionado out here in the cold north-east, and the New England Taiko Kai exists to make sure none of us miss any opportunities to watch, perform, or learn taiko.

Classes and Concerts in Massachusetts and Maine

To those in Boston or Massachusetts, you’ll have a couple of good opportunities to see and to play taiko.  Elaine Fong of Odaiko New England will be performing solo at Showa Boston University (Jamaica Plains) on Feb 10.  The night of the same date will feature a concert by ONE’s adult student group in their practice space in Woburn.  Be sure not to miss Taikoza from New York, when they perform at UMass Amherst on the 16th.  On the same day in Maine, Burlington Taiko will perform at Bingham Hall in Bethel, Maine.

And the full Odaiko New England group will also perform in northern MA (Beverly Farms, near Salem) as part of the Saint John’s Concert series on Feb 18th.

If  you want to play with ONE, a new season of adult classes begins on February 25th.  The season goes until June 10th, and the next season will begin Jun 24th.

Kodō Concert and Workshops in New York

The Kodō concert in New York is coming up this spring, and for those who want even more Kodō in their lives, O-Tatsu Taiko of Connecticut is hosting a five-hour workshop with Chieko Kojima and Kaoru Watanabe.  Here’s the blurb:

Principal dancer of the internationally renowned Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo, Chieko Kojima teams up with Kaoru Watanabe, former flute player and a current artistic director of Kodo.  The two have worked together extensively on Kodo's stage, developing a visual and musical style that traverses time and cultural boundaries with their unique mix of Japanese traditional and modern improvised music and dance.

This is an enormous opportunity for anyone interested in playing taiko, but I suggest you act quickly to reserve space.  Registration is $50 if you do it before Feb 15th.  See the Calendar for details.

October event in Maine

Keep your October calendars open, because the Japan-America Society of Maine is putting together a large-scale festival this fall.  The festival will include taiko and other Japanese art performances, activities, and food.  Contact me for details.

If you know of an event you want to add to the calendar, or if you want to be part of the NETK email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Enjoy the beats,

Dan Bensen

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