Japanese music

Taiko Drumming: Working the Brain and Body

Taiko Drumming: Working the Brain and Body

Last weekend, some of my studio families, friends and I took a beginner taiko drumming workshop. It might sound like an unusual activity for a piano studio, but music is music, regardless of instrument. Besides, nothing challenges your sense of rhythm and coordination like playing percussion in a group.

Anything Goes at the 2013 Calgary Omatsuri

The final performance at the Calgary Japanese Festival was by the band Anything Goes. The group plays rock, pop and indie. I had a chance to chat with them after the Calgary Japanese Festival.

Minyo Dancers at the Calgary Japanese Festival

I catch up with Pat-san before the Minyo Dancers of Lethbridge take to the stage at the Calgary Japanese Festival.

Catching up with the Koto at the 2013 Calgary Omatsuri

The koto is a large stringed instrument from Japan (via China). Learn more about the koto in the clip and my interview with Mizue Asai-Kaufmann and Kaori Akiyama at the Calgary Japanese Festival.

Midnight Taiko Drummers at the Calgary Japanese Festival

Clips from the Midnight Taiko Drummers' performance at the Calgary Omatsuri as well as my interview with them. Pity the camera didn't catch the part when Jenny-san steals the mic and doesn't let go until several minutes after the interview was complete.

Calgary Omatsuri 2013 Interview with Martial Simard

At the 2013 Calgary Japanese Festival, I interviewed Martial Simard, asking him about what it's like to learn the shakuhachi. This bamboo flute is sometimes referred to as a "Japanese Zen flute". It's got a soft-spoken timbre, much like Martial-san.