The core members of Fubuki Daiko have over 20 years of taiko experience, including four years of traditional Japanese apprenticeship under Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the father of North American taiko. Collaborations with a wide range of groups – including Ron Paley, the Winnipeg Singers, Absent Sound, and the Northern Plains Ballet – continue to fuel their quest for excellence and innovation in this ancient art form. Their debut CD, Fubuki, was voted Outstanding Instrumental Recording at the 2001 Prairie Music Awards.
On the first day, the entire school is introduced to the art form through a performance by the full ensemble. For rural residencies, a presentation by the two visiting artists is offered on the first day. On subsequent days, two artists teach students the cultural etiquette of taiko, basic drumming skills, and a simple song. This can give a large number of students a brief taste of taiko, or provide a smaller number (4 to 10 groups per week) with a more intensive training experience. The age-appropriate sessions draw on elements of physical education, music, theatre, and dance, all within a Japanese cultural setting. For residencies with more contact time, participating students perform for the entire school on the final day.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: 21 chairs and 21 used car tires (cleaned and duct-taped; approx. 8-10 rolls). Tires may be obtained free from garages or schools that have previously participated in the program. Duct-taped tires can be loaned out to local schools, pending storage availability. Detailed instructions for making plastic trash-can drums with packing tape are also available.