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.
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.
I catch up with Pat-san before the Minyo Dancers of Lethbridge take to the stage at the Calgary Japanese Festival.
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.
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.
A break from programme order to show off clips from the J-pop and Anime Talent Show at the 2013 Calgary Japanese Festival.
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.