Hachijo Form: Create Your Piece (R08) 11-Week Course

Fridays, 6:00 - 7:45pm

First Class: Fri, June 26, 2015
Teacher(s): Yuta Kato, Jen Baik
Room: Large Classroom

Yuta Kato, Hachijo Daiko solo clip

Hachijo is one of the taiko world's great playing styles. Powerful and graceful, the form lends itself to both rhythmic and movement expression.
It is a strictly improvisational style of taiko played by only two people: the soloist and the base-beat player. Because of its simple nature, there is no limit to what two people can create together using just one drum.

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals necessary to play in the Hachijo-style,and will be guided through drills and exercises designed to help increase confidence in soloing and in becoming a thoughtful taiko player.

Quotes from some of our students:

"Learning Hachijo was so fun and freeing! The atmosphere and teacher couldn't have been better to learn a new style of taiko, one where expression is king. I'm really looking forward to more Hachijo!"
Helen Simmins-McMillin
"Effortless beauty from the masters...liberating fun in class! Playing Hachijo syncs you with your partner either during shitauchi or uwauchi...smiles all around! Thanks for a great experience!!!"
May Yee

Important NOTE:: This weekly course consists of 11 classes with a 2-week break between July 14 - 25.

Outline of 11-Week Course

  1. Intro to Hachijo - Shitauchi Types/Uwauchi Concept
  2. Practice Exercise
  3. Combine Uwauchi and Shitauchi
  4. Speed Up Template
  5. Ending, Song, Chant
  6. Structure to your Solo
  7. Coaching Session 1
  8. Coaching Session 2
  9. Coaching Session 3
  10. Coaching Session 4
  11. PEAC Week

Classes in this Course

Date Title
Fri, June 26, 2015 01
Fri, July 03, 2015 02
Fri, July 10, 2015 03
Fri, July 17, 2015 No Class
Fri, July 24, 2015 No Class
Fri, July 31, 2015 04
Fri, August 07, 2015 05
Fri, August 14, 2015 06
Fri, August 21, 2015 07 Coach
Fri, August 28, 2015 08 Coach
Fri, September 04, 2015 09 Coach
Fri, September 11, 2015 10 Coach
Fri, September 18, 2015 11 PEAC