UT News July 2013

Mon, 2013-07-01

Uminari Taiko had a very busy late May and early June but we’ve been fortunate to have our first Canada Day off in almost a decade. It was nice to at least have the opportunity to see other groups perform for a change. On May 26 we played Buddha’s Birthday at UVic’s InterFaith Chapel and photos of that performance can be seen on our Facebook page. We followed it up with a short set at the Canadian premiere of Inclusion*, a film about Nagasaki-based Zuihou Taiko – a professional taiko group comprised entirely of people with developmental disabilities – on May 29 and were then back up to UVic to perform June 2 as part of the university’s WorldFest celebrations. Uminari Taiko was invited to play at the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes in Langford on June 9, performed at the opening of this year’s Chinatown Night Market June 12 and then up to Campbell River on June 15 to help celebrate Campbell River’s 30th anniversary of its twinning with its sister-city, Ishikari. After such a flurry of activity it’s nice to have time to re-group and we are doing just that as we prepare for this year’s Dragon Boat Festival. Uminari Taiko will be performing the evenings of August 16 and 17 and in the late afternoon on August 18 and we’d love to see you there. Before that, however, we’ll be running our first ever Summer Taiko Camp for children aged 7 to 12 beginning July 7. We still have room if you’ve got kids who want to drum!
*In my last Update I may have unintentionally given the im-pression that I had received permission to screen Inclusion from former Ondekoza member, Ichiro Jishouya. In fact, it was thanks to Setsuko Nakamura on behalf of Able Society in Tokyo that it was possible to show this film. (I’m pleased to say that Able Society has also very graciously allowed permission to screen in Vancouver. I will share details as they become available.)

Jacob Derksen