Fall 2012 – MUS 255/EAS 255: Taiko Drumming Workshop
December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Taiko Drumming Workshop: Japanese and North American Perspectives
MUS 255/EAS 255
This course explores the socio-cultural meanings of taiko (Japanese drum), from its uses in traditional Japanese music (gagaku, kabuki, festival music) through its development as a choreographic ensemble in postwar Japan and a site for Asian-American identity. Students participate in a hands-on workshop, learning techniques and three pieces of traditional modern styles, and in seminars on the history and cultural implications of taiko in the Japanese and Asian-American experience.