Saturday, March 3
9-11 am: Taiko Basics with Eien – $50
Focus will be on small drum sound and rhythm and/or atarigane (hand-held gong) playing.
12:30-4:30 pm: Introduction to Edo Bayashi – $80
Edo Bayashi is the traditional festival music of Edo (the old name for Tokyo). The ensemble consists of two shimedaiko, an odaiko, an atarigane and a shinobue. This music is played throughout the entire festival to accompany the mikoshi (portable shrine) as they are carried through the streets. Today, Edo Bayashi ensembles can be seen performing on stage during festivals or other celebratory occasions. The version taught will be in the style of Wakayama Shachu.
World Beat Center
2100 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a musician and educator based in Portland, Oregon specializing in drumset, taiko, percussion and shinobue. Born in Japan, his passion for drumming started at an early age through the involvement of a youth taiko ensemble directed by Saburo Mochizuki, a founding member of Tokyo’s pioneering taiko ensemble Sukeroku Daiko.
He earned his Bachelor of Music Education at Central Michigan University, where he performed, recorded and toured as a member of the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble under the direction of the late Robert Hohner, and earned his Master of Music at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During his time in Honolulu, Eien performed and toured extensively as a member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble throughout the United States and Europe and taught classes at the Taiko Center of the Pacific, a school of traditional and contemporary taiko. He continues his studies of the traditional Japanese music forms Edo Bayashi (festival music of old Tokyo) and Edo Kotobuki Jishi (lion dance of old Tokyo) through master musician and dancer Kyosuke Suzuki.
A very active instructor of percussion, taiko and shinobue, he has presented workshops at the North American Taiko Conference, World Taiko Gathering, Taiko Baka Gathering, Fue of the Bay, Pacific Northwest Regional Taiko Gathering and Asano Taiko US. Read more about Eien.
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