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Neuköllnische Allee 6-8
12057 Berlin Neukölln
mobil: 0172 - 39 88 211

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Workshops/Classes

Introductory classes take place in our dojo in the Musikfabrik, Neuköllnische Allee 6-8 in Berlin-Neukölln. Workshop-contents will depend on the participants registered (please be aware of the actual regulations – such as 2G+ mask). This introductory class costs 20, – € and can count toward a monthly subscription if you chose to continue. Payment also includes the use of drums and drumsticks. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Next dates for introductory classes are the following:

Saturday, 14th January 2023 from 2 – 4 pm (20 € per person) – spaces left

There will also be mini-workshops on:

Saturday, 11th March 2023 starting at 4pm, there will be participatory activities as part of the annual Musikfabrik-Party – in addition to a concert with Japanese drumming sounds by iki iki TAIKO at 8 pm among other percussion groups. The Musikfabrik concert starts at 7 pm.

Fancy or curious about Taiko - Meditation in Berlin?

Next date: Friday, the 6th and 20th January 2023 from 12- 2 pm
  • finding peace within yourself by sensually experiencing Taiko and  connecting with their sounds;
  • listening to each other in the group, accompanying and supporting each other;
  • on the basis of simple rhythms, we can promote the fun and joy of doing things together and establish a form of communication via the deep bass sounds and their easily perceptible vibrations;
  • allowing – for a moment at least – worries and hardships of every-day-life to be forgotten. 

Freeing and experiencing oneself with the help of others. The aim of this impulse workshop is to experience taiko in a different way and to open up new “spaces” for oneself (previous experience is not necessary). 

Participation fee: 25 € per person and session – Iki Iki Taiko members: free of charge. Registrations are welcome via Lilo Fischer.

Weekend-workshops

another possibility to discover Taiko for yourself

Next dates:

Saturday/Sunday, the 8th and 9th October 2022, 11-2 pm or 2:30-5:30pm:
Workshop suitable for beginners (30 € per person) – no spaces left

30th October 2022, 12-6 pm:
Workshop only for advanced taiko players (60 € per person) – spaces left

See here some examples of basic rhythms and pieces to show what to expect in our taiko classes (the beginning, or rather the first three pieces, of our 5-years-celebration-concert in 2021):

Another possibility is to jump-in into one of the currently supplied classes.

Regular classes take place at the following times (pre-registration required):

Taiko für EinsteigerInnen

montags

11:45 – 13:45 Uhr

Taiko für Mittelstufe

montags

16:30 – 18.30 Uhr

Taiko für sehr Fortgeschrittene

montags

19:00 – 21:00 Uhr

Taiko für etwas Fortgeschrittenere

dienstags

16:45 – 18:45 Uhr

Taiko für fortgeschrittene Mittelstufe

dienstags

19:00 – 21:00 Uhr

 Taiko für EinsteigerInnen I (seit Oktober 2021)

mittwochs

16:45 – 18:45 Uhr

Taiko für EinsteigerInnen

mittwochs

19:00 – 21:00 Uhr

Taiko für Mittelstufe

donnerstags

19:00 – 21:00 Uhr

Taiko für fortgeschrittene Mittelstufe

donnerstags

20:00 – 22:00 Uhr

Taiko für sehr Fortgeschrittene

freitags

18:00 – 20:00 Uhr

Taiko für EinsteigerInnen I (seit Oktober 2021)

freitags

20:00 – 22:00 Uhr

The entry fee is 65, – € monthly. Student discounts are available on request ;-))

An overview is given in this download-file:

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If you are interested in joining any of our classes, please contact Lilo Fischer at 0172 – 39 88 211 or write to lilo@iki-iki-taiko.de

Former external teachers in our dojo:

Taiko-summercamp 2021...

…could happen in 2021 under very strict rules – again in Molkenberg at the river Havel together with Tama Daiko (Oliver Reichelt) and Akaishi Daiko (Sakiko Volke-Nakahara) – so great!!!! 

Thanks for an amazing and challenging Uchikomi-session with Masakazu Nishime from Masa Daiko, Bremen, on Friday, 23 rd September 2021!!!!

Between 8th and 12th June 2020: Shoji Kameda (musician, taiko player and teacher of the online platform KaDon)… CANCELLED due to the Virus!!!!

…will teach some special units to improve on skills needed for playing Taiko;-) This will include Chappa, Chanchikki and Shinobue on request, too – tuesday, wednesda and thursday from 12 – 4 pm. There will be some of those special units during the day and in the evenings from 5 – 9 pm, there will be workshop units for advanced players (on monday), for intermediate players (on tuesday and thursday) and for beginners on wednesday. Please contact me, if you are interested in taking some days off during this week: lilo@iki-iki-taiko.de

Taiko-summercamp 2020 - CANCELLED due to the Virus!!!!

Like in the last years, we were organizing another Taiko-summercamp 2020 (8th – 12th July) in Molkenberg at the river Havel together with Tama Daiko (Oliver Reichelt) and Akaishi Daiko (Sakiko Volke-Nakahara); since we ran out of spaces left very quickly, we have posted no further informations here; in case of interest, please get registered on our waiting list!

8th March 2020: Sayuri Ito (Amaterasu Taiko) taught one of her compositions in Berlin!

This workshop suitable for intermediate players was quite funny although lasting only from 11 – 2 pm. Everyone enjoyed to learn the piece “energy”;-)

7th/8th/9th February 2020: Jonathan Kirby of Kagemusha Taiko visited us in Berlin!!!

 

Jonathan is the founder and artistic director of Kagemusha Taiko. The group has performed around the world, including USA and Japan, and at the 1st and 2nd European Taiko Concert Nights in Dusseldorf.

Jonathan is the author of three books on teaching and learning taiko that have each sold over 200 copies worldwide: Teaching Taiko – Principles and Practice; Jonathan Kirby’s Taiko Drumming Book; Taiko for Schools.

These practical guides have been followed by “The Way of the Drum – Taiko without Borders” which presents a philosophy for playing taiko in Europe, based on Jonathan’s experience of more than 20 years as a taiko professional, including direction of the UK Taiko Festival since 2005, and the European Taiko Conference which he launched in 2016. For Jonathan, taiko is based on principles, it comes from the person, not from any particular place. It is accessible to everyone and enjoyable for all.

On friday 7th February Jonathan offered an improvisation-workshop to support finding everyones own voice in taiko; on saturday and sunday, Jonathan taught the Taikopiece “Yui” – a composition that has travelled the world, from Japan to USA to Europe, picking up some “local flavour” on the way. It’s fun to play and it’s fun to listen to and watch as well. This is partly because it has a very “rock and roll” feel to it. Not all taiko from Japan is the same!!

 

Mel Seouw with movement for taiko players in November 2019
We had an amazing time with Mel alongside with focussing on

* Breathing and movement
* Connection and communication
* Maaaaaaaa (the space in between)

Experience the magic of traditional Japanese taiko drumming in a Hachijo-Style-Workshop with Kota Arai, whose interest is especially to use taiko as a mean to express yourself, to find a mean to communicate through taiko – this workshop addresses as well advanced as beginners.
The workshops are divided in two parts: basic rhythms will be learned and should be “understand” as the moving sea; in a second step, melody rhythms are taught with the aim to improvise and to be able to tell your own story within this atmosphere given by the basic rhythms.

Time

Workshop 1 (Basics und Melody) on Saturday, 15th June 2019 starting at 7 pm – followed by a taikopartynight;-)
Workshop 2 (Basics und Melody) on Sunday, 16th June 2019 from 2 pm to 6 pm.

And: we are happy to annouce that Shoji Kameda will come next year or at least in 2021 to Berlin;-) We are still taking advantage of your workshop on technique and timing; and we are still in train of learning the piece Omiyage, which is a really wonderful gift to the world of taiko!

And: lucky those who could be part of this amazing event last autumn:

Jim Tan offered a weekend workshop in Berlin with Miyake-Jima practice. The workshop was about practicing typical movements in Yoko Uchi style combined with strength, power and condition.

We had an amazing weekend with the naname-Workshop in the Percussion Art Center PAC in Berlin-Kreuzberg in October 2017 with Joel Mankey (Taikofactory, Los Angeles) and Rannoch Purcell (Taikozentrum Deutschland,Ulm). This workshop series focussed on the NiDan style – a fun and challenging version of naname played on a pod two drums that you share with a partner! Starting with Ni-dan Skills, we learned the Raion repertoire little by little – a piece composed by Joel Mankey – see

Here for a nice insight in this amazing weekend workshop thanks to Razz and Joel:

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