Hard Work and Hard Play

In association with the World Taiko Gathering and Kodo Arts Sphere America, Asano Taiko US is happy to announce an intensive learning opportunity here with Eiichi Saito of Kodo!

Date: July 21-23 9am-12pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Asano Taiko US, Large Classroom
Fee: $400
Intensive Description
Known for his high-energy style, Eiichi’s workshops are a mix of hard work and hard play, designed to help cultivate passion and build group awareness while playing the drum. Eiichi uses a series of simple drills that energize the group and enhance communication among members, drills that will become invaluable tools in group practices for years to come. As participants progress through the intensive, they explore various types of improvisation and create new and exciting sounds together as a group.

Daily Schedule
Monday (subject to change)

  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Morning Session
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Break
  • 3:00pm - 6:00pm Afternoon Session

Tuesday and Wednesday

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Morning Session
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Session

Dinner with Eiichi!
July 23 (Wed) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
A final dinner (included in the $400 fee) is planned for all participants with Eiichi at a local restaurant.

Registration Criteria

  • Students must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Because demand is expected be high for this class, we request that each interested taiko group send a maximum of 2 participants.
  • First-Come, First-Served - please register by clicking “Sign up at Asano US” above.

For those traveling from afar, information regarding transportation to our facility along with discount hotel rates can be found HERE.

There are quite a few restaurants located walking distance from the facility, along with a big Japanese supermarket with a food court and bentos (boxed lunches) just two blocks away.

Contact Yuta by email or phone regarding any questions about the Intensive.

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 09:00 to Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:30
Eiichi Saito
Eiichi Saito joined Kodo in 1982 and has been a featured performer on domestic and international tours, in collaborations with artists of various genres, and on recordings. For over three decades he has invigorated and captivated audiences worldwide with his energetic performances. In addition to his stage activities, Eiichi also leads the extremely popular "Kodo Juku" workshops on Sado Island, which convey the power of taiko through self-discovery.