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My Taiko Recital

My Taiko Recital

My taiko Community Group had our first recital earlier this month, and I'm finally getting around to scrapping about it! The photo was taken with my cell phone, so it isn't the best quality. These are the Community Group members who performed in the recital - there are a few members who were unable to attend. Andrew (our director) is the guy in the middle of the back row, wearing a black shirt and holding the bachi (drumsticks).

For this layout, I used the same color scheme & papers that I used on a previous layout: Learning Taiko

Six months of practices have led to this: our first "public” performance. We started in the Beginner’s Class together back in September 2011, and are now continuing our taiko experience as St. Louis Osuwa Taiko’s first Community Group. Over the past six months, we studied the basics of taiko, improved our kata (form), practiced numerous drumming drills, and learned 3 complete songs. But nobody saw us play outside of Andrew and the performance group members who assisted with practices each week. When Junsei suggested that the Community Group could perform in a mini-recital with his parent/child class, we jumped at the chance! Fortunately, Andrew agreed to the idea; he felt we were ready to perform for an audience. When Andrew assigned our parts, I was excited to see my name on the roster for both songs! I was confident that I knew both pieces, and could show Andrew that I knew the material. At our last Community Group practice on March 25th, we rehearsed the songs over and over, and then hoped for the best. Two weeks would pass without gathering together to practice before the recital on April 7th. Would we remember the songs and all of Andrew’s critiques and notes? Would be still sound cohesive as a group? On Saturday, April 7th, we met at the Taiko Center an hour before the recital for a quick run-through. To our pleasant surprise, we sounded better as a group than we ever had in the weekly practices! Any nervousness about playing for an audience quickly turned to excitement. After sitting through two songs performed by the parent/child class, it was our turn to perform. We started with Isami Goma, which means "Running Horses.” Andrew played this song along with us, providing the shime backbeat. Next, we performed Matsuri Taiko, or "Festival Drumming.” For this piece, our group needed no assistance from Andrew; we played every part of the song on our own. Susan got us started with a nice tempo on the oodaiko, and off we went! There was no time to think about which phrases came next, I just played and let the music come from within. Even my improv solo, which often sounded scattered and rough in practices, flowed smoothly from my arms and fit well among the context of the piece. In a flash, the song was over, and the audience was applauding for us!! We did it! What a thrill. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to play in front of an audience.

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    Great layout Tiza! I really enjoyed reading your story and I like how you placed the photos of the drums in the background of the center strip. It all sounds so exciting! I would love to see/hear a live performance. Proud of you!
    Oh, Theresa this is wonderful! I love hearing about Taiko - so interesting and reading your words, feeling your excitement and imaging what you were describing made me feel I was almost there! Super that you all had the experience of performing and how great that it was such a positive one. You must have felt so proud - actually, I can feel in your words that you are!
    Love you photo and can't tell it's a phone one at all.. I also really like the taiko drums blended into the background - how pretty! I like the way you blocked it out and truly enjoyed your lovely journaling. Really a spectacular page in so many ways! You GO girl! :)
    Wow Tiza you are so talented!!! I have been reading with interest your excitement and nerves at performing and trying out and the energy that flows from this page just astounds me! Your journalling is fabulous! I feel bummed that I didn't hear it now I have read all about it :-( The photo is fine, the not-perfect quality only adds to the excitement and rush of the night, the blending IS wonderful and I loved how you let the photo and words star on this page... You go girl!! Keep drumming and keep sharing with us please!
    Fantastic to read of your wonderful recital. Yes we sure can feel all the emotion you captured on this LO. I enjoyed reading all about it and felt like I was right there. What a fantastic effort. Keep on drumming. Well done. Kay
    Your journaling is marvelous -- it got me right into the recital with you! So exciting! Your picture is wonderful, too. You can see how happy and proud (justifiably) everyone is. I'm sending applause from Florida. :clap: :clap: :clap:
    I like the way you've set up your page, too: the blended background photo, the contrasting colors, and mostly that you let your photo and your journaling take center stage. Fantastic!
    Your journaling about Taiko IS fabulous, Tiza! And I agree soooo much with everyone else that the energy just absolutely was felt by me reading it! Wow! Awesome, awesome venture that you've taken on - I remember when you had just signed up for this class and look at you now! Wonderful layout and I truly enjoyed seeing every inch of it!
    I'm feeling the adrenalin rush just reading your journaling. What an awesome experience. I like the blended picture of the drums as a background strip for the group photo. I like the composition and symmetry of your LO. Kudos to you for taking on this challenge - many don't understand the complexities of drumming - it takes lots of concentration and practice. Wish I could have been there!
    To play Taiko must be so fantastic but to play for an audience must be really a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing your great experience with us. Lovely layout and journaling.
    Isn't it wonderful what we learn from looking at others' scrapbook pages? I knew nothing about this art form, but now am eager to learn more. Love your page, the energy comes shining through and I can hear the drumbeats! Great job with the layout and the journaling!
    Geat layout to remember such a momentous event! I love the blended drums behind your main photo-very cool!