BachiCamp (Hosted by St. Louis Osuwa Taiko)
Hey Taiko, Shamisen and Fue players! It's time to expand your horizons!Taiko, Shinobue and Shamisen are all uniquely amazing instruments. What's more, Taiko and Shamisen share similar qualities of being skinned instruments that percussively strike the skin. Because of similarity, experienced taiko players who try shamisen for a short time are often able to get amazing tone! This shared quality combined with the shamisen's melodic abilities and taiko's deep resonance yields an enchanting sound as an ensemble.However, these three instruments are rarely played together in North America. Fortunately, instructors Sho'on Shibata, Patrick Oiye, and Kyle Abbott are here to change the trend and unite the communities! At BachiCamp, Taiko, Shamisen and Fue players alike have the opportunity to jump into learning all three instruments!! If you're a taiko player who's never touched a shamisen before, and vice-versa for shamisen players? No problem! We will start from the basics! After learning the fundamentals of each instrument, everyone will study an artisinally crafted ensemble composition presented for the first time at this workshop. The composition in arranged so that all skill levels are able to fully participate and experience the ensemble experience. And because everyone will have a chance to learn the composition on each instrument, participants can switch instruments to experience the composition from every perspective.Finally, this composition (and notation) is created for everyone to bring home with them. It is arranged as a performance piece, so we encourage all members to practice this piece with their group and perform it publicly! A huge thanks to Joel Balestra and St. Louis Osuwa Taiko for generously allowing us to host BachiCamp in their facilities! ------------Instruments: Shamisen and Taiko (of varying sizes) will be provided, but please bring your own if you have one. :) Hotel Suggestions: Hotels in the Westport area (offices and restaurants) are near the studio. The Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Creve Coeur is a nice place to stay. There's also a Courtyard St. Louis Creve Coeur in the same location that looks nice.
10734 Trenton Ave
Saint Louis, MO