KOSHI Workshop by Michelle Fujii

Class Date:
Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:30 – 11:30am
$35 in advance, $40 at the door
Open to all levels.Koshi translates as “hips” in Japanese, but it is more than just the side of your body. It is the key to understanding your power to play taiko. This workshop, taught with multiple perspectives, will focus on movement drills and exercises to physically deepen your understanding of koshi, and in turn make you a strong taiko player.

Michelle Fujii creates contemporary work as a 4th generation Japanese-American through theart formm of taiko, Japanese drums, and Japanese folk dance placing “traditional” ethnic art within the present – not as a preservation – but as an active force that can continue to inspire and evolve. Fujii started her taiko training as a performing member of San Jose Taiko. After graduating with a degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, Fujii rejoined San Jose Taiko as artistic staff. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Bunka-cho fellowship from the Japanese government to study with Japan’s foremost traditional folk dance troupe, Warabiza, where she studied under the tutelage of master dancer/choreographer Shohei Kikuchi.  Fujii has played with numerous groups including TAIKOPROJECT, On Ensemble, Shasta Taiko and served as Artistic Director of Portland Taiko for 9 years.

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Yatai Class with Megan Smith

Class Dates:
Session 1 (6 weeks): 1/9/2016 – 2/13/2016
Session 2 (5 weeks): 2/27/2016 – 3/26/2016
Session 3 (6 weeks): 4/30/2016 – 6/25/2016
9:30 – 11:00am
5 week session: $150
6 week session: $180
Per class: $35
Some taiko experience helpful – All levels are welcome!

Megan Chao Smith will be teaching several 6 week sessions focused on yatai-bayashi. Challenge yourself in this dynamic and physically demanding style of taiko drumming.

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Mu Training Institute (MTI)
Open Auditions for TAIKO training scholarships
No experience necessary
Sunday Dec. 6th at 4:30PM
Mu Daiko’s Taiko Studio

MTI is Mu Performing Arts training program for aspiring Asian American artists in both Theater and Taiko. This program provides scholarships for unique training classes, workshops and mentoring to develop the next wave of Mu artists.

Please email or call to reserve your spot: noelle@muperformingarts.org or 651.789.1012