Odaiko Workshops w/ Megan Chao Smith

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Workshop Dates:

August 2, 2015

August 9, 2015

August 23, 2015

Time:

12:00 – 3:00pm

Tuition:

$50 Each Workshop

Enrollment:

ALL Levels Welcome

Beginners Encouraged

8 Student Minimum

Photo by Michal Daniel

Megan Chao Smith was called by irresistible forces from the mountains of Japan to this fair city of Minneapolis, after 7 years performing and producing taiko in Japan. Megan first found taiko in 1996 and joined Odaiko New England. She then moved to Sacramento to study with Tiffany Tamaribuchi, spending 8 years assisting in workshops and conferences with hundreds of taiko groups throughout North America. She began training in Japan in 1998, with Hanayui, Amanojaku, Kurumaya sensei, and Shidara. Smith moved to Japan full time in 2003, eventually becoming a full performing member with Shidara. She was one of only a few non-Japanese to play taiko professionally in Japan, and was the first foreigner ever to dance in the sacred Hana Matsuri festival.

Since relocating to the Twin Cities in 2010, she has been a featured guest artist with Mu Daiko and periodically holds special workshops focusing on Odaiko, Yatai, Shime, Katsugi and Fue.

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(Photo by Michal Daniel)