UT News Jan 2014

Fri, 2014-01-31

明けましておめでとうございます! 皆様のご健康をお祈り申し上げます。

Happy New Year! I wish everyone good health for 2014.

At first when I was thinking of what to write I initially thought that there isn't really much to tell, it's winter, we're kind of hibernating, and so on. In fact, it turns out it's been action-packed! We have new apprentices, we're stretching our creative wings and making new connections in the community, and we have upcoming workshops, classes and performances.

In November T. Cairns and Amy Reiswig joined us as apprentices. I had mentioned previously that we wouldn't make them run marathons but Amy was thrown in the deep end with Gayle Nye, Ken Murata and I at our Nov 20 collaboration with Standing Nation, UVic's First Nations drum group, at the First Peoples House at UVic. It was a tremendous honour to have that opportunity to learn and share with the Standing Nation drummers and was followed up on Dec 1 with a collaboration spearheaded by Gayle that saw Standing Nation and Uminari Taiko working with antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women's Network. Tenderly's trial by fire came during our Dec 8 work-shop with Yuta Kato. Yuta taught us Hachijo, a very popular taiko piece from the island of Hachijo. Yuta is an amazing teacher and Hachijo is a wonderful song and an excellent addition to our repertoire, all the moreso because of our island location. It will take diligent effort on our part to be able to add it to our performance repertoire but I believe we're up to the task.

On the subject of learning, we are offering workshops and classes beginning on January 12 so if ever you wanted to learn taiko – or just wanted to burn off a few calories if you over-indulged during the holidays! – now is the time. Our three hour workshop on January 12 will be followed up by a six week series of classes beginning January 19 which con-veniently happens to be our Open House. We will be opening our doors to the community from 4:15pm – 6:00pm and hope that you will all come out to see us at our new practice space, the Bert Richman building at Gordon Head Rec Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way.

We all look forward to seeing you at Mochitsuki Kai on January 26 at the Esquimalt Rec Centre! As always, more information can be found online at www.uminaritaiko.com/. 

Jacob Derksen