Introductory classes and workshops

Introductory classes (20 € per person) and workshops (40 € per day and person) take place in our dojo in the Musikfabrik, Neuköllnische Allee 6-8 in Berlin-Neukölln. Workshop-contents will depend on the participants registered.

Next dates are the following:

 

Introductory classes 

Saturday,
3rd  August 2021
2 - 4 pm
if interested, please contact me per email;-)

 

Weekend-workshops

Workshops will restart in autumn 2021 after our concert.

   

Please find an overview of all our classes at the end of the page Japanese Taiko drumming.
Probably there is a possibility to jump-in into one of the currently supplied classes.

Classes for parents and kids (up to 6 years) can´t be offered at the moment due to the actual situation determined by the Covid-19-Virus. We hope that the situation will change soon!

Upcoming workshops with external teachers:

...we wait and see;-)

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shoji Kameda

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!

 

Former external teachers in our dojo:

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 Jonathan Kirby (Kagemusha Taiko)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)

Hachijo-workshop with Kota Arai!!!! 

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.

Shoji KamedaAnd: 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 29497567 10155227195685671 3371149432130158270 nin 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:

Raion Workshop 2017