Solo Creation for Taiko
This workshop will focus on creating solos on taiko. It is designed to help boost confidence by providing effective tools for any soloing scenario. The class will be divided into two parts: 1) working through improvisation exercises and 2) looking at ways to arrange predetermined material. By expanding our range of rhythms, sounds, and dynamics, we will strive to create solos which highlight individual expression. There will also be exercises to help ji players become better accompanists by listening, being flexible, and increasing tempo control. All experience levels are welcomed to participate. Please contact Eien at www.eienhunterishikawa.com with any questions about the content of the workshop.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 10:00 to 12:30
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a musician, composer, and educator specializing in taiko, shinobue, and percussion. Recognized for his musicianship and versatility, he organically integrates his jazz and Western percussion background with traditional Japanese music training, resulting in an unconventional point of view. Eien was born in Saitama, Japan and was first taught by Saburo Mochizuki, a preeminent Japanese classical percussionist and a founding member of Sukeroku Daiko. Following his undergraduate music training under Robert Hohner, Eien earned his Master of Music in classical percussion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Eien has worked with many pioneers of hybridized music including the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble, Kenny Endo, On Ensemble, John Kaizan Neptune, and the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra. As an in-demand instructor, he travels around the country teaching workshops and private lessons in a diverse range of topics pertaining to musicality. Eien has also made his extensive educational content available to everyone through the articles, instructional videos, and online lessons offered on his website. Currently, Eien is working to make Edo Bayashi (traditional festival music of Tokyo) accessible everywhere through a partnership with his longtime teacher Kyosuke Suzuki of Wakayama Shachu. When not on the road, Eien makes beer, bread, natto, kimchi, miso, hot sauce, and other culinary delights at his home in Portland, Oregon. Recipes can be found on his blog, along with musician interviews and various topics of interest. Visit www.eienhunterishikawa.com/blog for more information.