Sunday, January 31, 2016, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
Drumming in the Stacks
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at Gresham Library
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at Central Library
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at Midland Library
Each workshop will begin with a performance by Portland Taiko. Members of the ensemble will provide a brief explanation of the roots of taiko drumming in Japan and North America, followed by an introduction to kuchi shoga, rhythmic syllables that are sung for different drum strokes. Workshop participants will learn the basic hitting techniques by applying these patterns on the drums. The workshop will conclude with a Q/A session. All workshop participants are encouraged to wear loose-fitting clothing (suitable for a light work-out) and to bring water. Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.