Miyake Taiko Workshops with Kazuhiro & Hidenori Tsumura

Miyake-Jima Kamitsuki Mikoshi Daiko (“Miyake Island Daiko for Gods and shrines”) is the original version of “Miyake”, a traditional Japanese taiko style that has become popular through performances by “Kodo”, a world-famous professional taiko-drumming troupe.
As its name suggests, Miyake Taiko is a Japanese drum played on Miyake-Jima (“Miyake Island”), part of the Izu Islands located 180km south of Tokyo.
Akio Tsumura, a representative of Miyake-Jima Geino Doushi-Kai (“Miyake Island Performing Arts Association”), is credited with teaching Miyake Taiko style to performers of Kodo, and an adaptation of this style created Kodo’s signature piece “Miyake”.
The sound of Miyake Taiko is basically composed of 3 rhythm patterns. You don’t need any music score to play Miyake Taiko, and students will learn those patterns even in their 1st trial lesson.

You can learn all the aspects of Miyake Taiko in this intensive workshop. A great opportunity to improve your skills!
- Even beginners can improve their skills in the intensive workshop.
- We will also teach you Kagura (Shinto ceremonial) and Kiyari ( chant). You can experience all the aspects of Miyake Taiko.
- You will feel more confident with your taiko performance after completing this intensive training.
- Participants will learn the authentic Miyake Taiko style in the intensive workshops.
- Our lessons are divided into different levels. Even beginners can enjoy playing taiko!
Kazuhiro Tsumura & Hidenori Tsumura of Miyake-Jima Geino Doushi-Kai
Workshop Fee
$80 per workshop
$200 for all 3 workshops
Sat, October 8, 2016
10:00pm - 2:00pm - Basic Techniques
2:00pm - 3:30pm - Lunch at Asano Taiko U.S.
4:00pm - 7:00pm - Intermediate Techniques (learn the chant - "Kiyari")
7:00pm ~ Optional Dinner with Kazuhiro and Hidenori

Sun, October 9, 2016
13:30pm - 16:30pm - Advanced Techniques (learn different arrangements & compositions and performing techniques)
17:00pm - 17:30pm Recital

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 10:00 to Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 17:00
Hidenori Tsumura
Kazuhiro Tsumura
What is Miyake Taiko? Miyake-Jima Kamitsuki Mikoshi Daiko (“Miyake Island Daiko for Gods and shrines”) is the style of a traditional Japanese drum played on Miyake-Jima (“Miyake Island”), part of the Izu Islands. The taiko style in the ancient times to offer prayers at the shrine festival was rearranged for a stage performance. Miyake Taiko is played by 2 performers, one on each side, and its performance style characterized by a wide and low stance with legs and strong beats has been fascinating many audiences. What is Miyake-Jima Geino Doushi-Kai (“Miyake Island Performing Arts Association”)? The Tsumura family, with Akio Tsumura (father) as a leader, together with his 3 sons, Kazuhiro (eldest son), Hidenori (second son), and Haruyoshi makes up the world’s only group of professional taiko performers that consists of only family members. They have given more than 50 performances a year in Japan and overseas, including performance at the opening ceremony of Tokyo Sky Tree, as well as performances at Ise Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine), Yasukuni Shrine, and Zenko-ji Temple. They offer classes at 15 locations in Japan and 10 locations overseas. In 1981, they taught the style of Miyake Taiko to the world-famous professional taiko-drumming troupe “Kodo”, and Miyake Taiko was introduced in the music textbook Instrumental Music for Junior High School Students (Kyoiku Geijutsu Sha) in 2012 and has established its position as one of the Japanese traditional performing arts. Special Show to Appreciate Arts – Appeal of taiko beat – • Japanese musical instrument to experience the traditional art When you touch and play Japanese taiko drum, you will feel more familiar with the excellent Japanese traditional art. The “authentic sound” produced by quick and strong taiko beats will surely touch the children’s heart. • Tones created by live music performance Miyake Taiko is best suited for a live performance. The sound of Miyake Taiko is not what you “hear or listen” but what you “feel” through your body. We powerfully and strongly hit each taiko beat as if we were sending sounds into audience’s body. • Rhythm that keeps you connect with other players The sound of Miyake Taiko is basically composed of 3 rhythm patterns, so you don’t need any music score. Anyone can give it a try and enjoy. 2 players on each side of taiko share the same rhythm and pass onto the next player without stopping. It is fun for players to connect the rhythm and pass it on to each other. • Refreshing feeling through powerful performance One of the features of Miyake Taiko style is its powerful drumbeat. Learning how to play Miyake Taiko would be a very valuable experience, in terms of doing something wholeheartedly, with your soul and body. Playing and practicing taiko clears your mind, and you will feel refreshed through a powerful performance and expression. Kazuhiro and Hidenori Tsumura along with their father and brother form the Miyake Taiko Geino Doshikai. They have dedicated their lives in spreading the folk tradition of Miyake taiko. Starting with KODO, hundreds of students have been taught by the Tsumura family, and due to the increasing popularity of the style, they have opened a Miyake Taiko Studio in Tokyo. Striving to “resonate sound through the listeners’ body”, the Tsumura family’s devotion to Miyake Taiko is endless.