A glimpse back at Taiko Spirit 2016
One year ago, people of all backgrounds, playing styles, and levels gathered in Switzerland to celebrate the joy of taiko together! We miss you all terribly, so thank you very much for sharing your memories today!
There are so many wonderful moments to reminisce over... So here is just one that we feel epitomises the essence of Taiko Spirit: friendship, fun, nature, and of course epic taiko!
Stay tuned for the dates of the next festival coming in summer 2018!
Dear taiko friends,
It was an absolute honour to host so many open, loving, fun and talented taiko players here in Switzerland!
A big thanks to all of you who travelled so far to our cozy corner of the world and played with such heart during workshops as well as on stage. A very special thanks goes to Tokara, Shogo Yoshii, Tsuchigumo Daiko, Kion Dojo, Fulda Taiko Dojo, Taiko Zentrum Deutschland, Isabel Romeo and Steven Cools. This little festival has come a long way with all of your kindness and support.
We really can't thank you enough!
Our team worked hard but what we got back in smiles, hugs, help and memories was more than we could have ever hoped for.
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We can't wait to see you all again in 2018!
Festival Contributor: Isabel Romeo Taiko
We are pleased that Isabel Romeo is one of this year's festival contributors.
Isabel began taiko with Ago Kaijin Daiko while working in Japan as a dancer. Since returning to Spain, she has been very active in various taiko-related projects: teaching workshops and lessons, contributing to taiko documentaries and articles, performing with dance companies as well as paneling a discussion at the 1st European Taiko Conference. For Isabel, taiko is a joyous way of personal development and expression that incorporates rhythm and movement as well as listening skills, teamwork, trust and self-confidence.
Her movement workshop is sure to challenge you and excite your creativity!
Festival Contributor: InnerDrum
We're please to have Steven Cools as one of this year's festival contributors.
Steven has long been fascinated by drums and rhythm. For years his main focus was on playing drum kit until eventually getting hooked on taiko after an inspiriting workshop. Since then, Steven has been playing taiko, recently started offering workshops, and is currently looking for players for his InnerDrum project to spread the taiko message in Belgium.
Don't miss learning some of his challenging rhythm drills in his workshop!
Surprise Festival Contributor: Shogo Yoshii
We are very pleased to have Shogo Yoshii as one of this year's festival contributors.
In his youth, Shogo traveled the Japanese countryside studying traditional folksongs and tribal music. In 2003, he entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre and became a member of Kodo's performing arts ensemble in 2007. On stage in Kodo, he was featured on the taiko, metallic percussion, bamboo flutes, kokyu (Japanese violin) and in numerous dance pieces. His original composition 'Sora' is used in a textbook for Japanese elementary school students.
In 2010, he joined the musical ensemble of 'Babel', choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. In the same year, he was music director and performer in Arte y Solera's flamenco piece, 'Dojoji'. Shogo is also involved in the productions 'Noetic' and 'Fractus V', with which he is currently on tour in Europe.
Don't miss the opportunity to see him in concert or to take part in his Yokouchi workshop!
Festival Contributor: Fulda Taiko Dojo
We are pleased that Edoart Peters is one of this year's festival contributors.
Eduard, the founder and director of Fulda Taiko Dojo, began his career in 2004. He is one of oldest German taiko students of the Japanese taiko teacher Katsuji Kondo, after whose example he teaches own students since 2007. Precision, dynamics and a balanced efficient form, accompanied by modern developed technique aptly describe the energetic and ergonomic style, which Eduard has made his own.
Apart from leading a workshop, Edo will present his very own taiko equipment at the festival marketplace!
Festival Contributor: Taiko Zentrum Deutschland
We are pleased to have Razz Purcell as one of this year's festival contributors!
Razz is an accomplished taiko player and professional musician from the United States. He has studied under several influential taiko artists such as Kenny Endo, Masato Baba and Joel Mankey and founded the group Celt Taiko. In 2011 he relocated from Los Angeles to Ulm, Germany to remain close to his young daughter. Since then he has founded and led Taiko Zentrum Deutschland to share his dynamic and exciting style for which North American players are well known.
There are still a few spots available in his workshops, but you'd better move fast!
Shodo Calligraphy Workshop
Would you like to experience traditional Japanese calligraphy? Here you can immerse yourself in and enjoy a world of black ink. All necessary materials and equipment will be provided.
Festival passes and workshop tickets on sale
We've been hard at work to give you some exciting news! With the help of several generous festival contributors, we are able to announce more details of a great programme for this years festival, including:
Challenging workshops for taiko players of all levels.
Open mic concerts by guests in a friendly atmosphere.
Collaborative performances featuring guest contributors.
Festival pass and workshop ticket quantities are limited and available here!
Festival Contributors: Wadaiko Tokara
We have been blown away by the response to the upcoming Taiko Spirit festival! But why not pump up the anticipation even more, shall we?!
We are happy to announce that Art Lee and Yukari Ichise will be two of this year’s festival contributors!
Wadaiko Tokara has become a strong force in the world of taiko both in Japan and internationally. While incorporating arrangements of traditional taiko pieces into their performance, Tokara has pioneered a jaw-dropping style of taiko, where speed and power meet eloquent movements. We are positive that Art and Yukari’s fun and challenging workshops will be a major highlight for everyone. CAN'T WAIT!
Please register for more contributors announcements, as well as ticket and workshop details in the coming weeks!
Festival Contributor: Kion Dojo
We are thrilled to announce Ingmar Kikat is one of this year's festival contributors!
Ingmar has a wide background from classical percussion to jazz and rock and started playing Taiko in 2001. He founded Kion Dojo in Hamburg, Germany in 2006 and the cutting edge performance group Taikoon in 2008, after living in Tokyo as a member of Tawoo Dojo (Gocoo). He plays and teaches a unique way of playing taiko with unheard of melodic arrangements. Looking forward to some deep grooves in his workshop.
Stay tuned for performance and workshop details in the coming weeks!
Festival Contributors: Tsuchigumo Daiko
We are ecstatic to announce that Martin Doyle and Shonagh Walker are two of this year's festival contributors!
From the UK to Japan, Martin and Shonagh have performed in countless shows while touring and playing professionally with Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers. In 2016, they co-founded Tsuchigumo Daiko based in Central Scotland, which has quickly taken the European taiko scene by storm with its explosive energy and diverse playing styles. This accomplished and dynamic couple is enthusiastic to connect and share with the taiko community with open minds and hearts.
Stay tuned for workshop and performance details in the coming weeks!
Taiko Festival 2016
We are happy to announce that we will be back on
2-4 September, 2016!
We are working in close collaboration with the village of Signau, local taiko groups and volunteers to build on the success of last year's festival. Future Taiko Spirit festivals will retain the elements that we know and love: taiko concerts, exciting workshops, camping in nature, regional cuisine, and a cozy matsuri atmosphere.
Additionally, the village has kindly allowed us the utilize of nearby facilities, which will be greatly beneficial in the event of poor weather. Moreover, this time of year is sunnier with a lower risk of rain than June. We also wish to have more performances and workshops by our guests from abroad.
A big thanks to all those who already volunteered to contribute (equipment, logistics, workshops, performances, etc.) to the last festival. We hope you can do so again for 2016! The programme planning phase has already begun, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to contribute!
On behalf of the Taiko Spirit team, thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm!