Kris and Loretta Rudzinski on the birth of their son, Noah Henry Rudzinski, on Nov. 26th!
Audrey Tuckerman on becoming an official Settlement Music School faculty member to be able to assist Kris as KyoDaiko’s substitute sensei!
KyoDaiko for year of incredible accomplishments!
Thanks to Whiteboard Media’s Jacob Smith for getting Audrey set up to take over KyoDaiko’s website. Audrey’s redesign looks incredible and allows KyoDaiko to make frequent updates to keep our fans informed. It has also apparently even attracted attention from overseas! For this we say to both Jacob and Audrey... DOMO!
Special thanks to Mr. Laincz (Tamiko’s talented Father-in-law) for our awesome new t-shirt design! And big thanks to Tamiko for getting the shirts turned around in time for us to debut them at the Wawa Welcome America Taste of Philly performance on June 25th! We’re looking good, KyoDaiko!!!
PJ and Franco of San Jose Taiko taught a fantastic workshop, teaching us how to release our ki! We did a lot of really fun activities that helped bring the group closer together and make us more aware of our bodies and the relationship between our bodies, the drum, and each other. Best of all, we learned Eijanaika, a piece that we debuted at our Spring Recital!
Kaoru Watanabe gave us our first taste of playing the fue, then taught a marathon 4-hour workshop, including warm ups, how to feel the balance of our bodies, and some history behind taiko songs commonly played in by American taiko groups. But the main focus of the workshop was about playing Miyake, Kodo-style. It was a hard workout, but every minute was worth it!
After giving his time at South Philly High School during the day, Kenny, along with his wife, Chizuko, taught KyoDaiko a great workshop, showing us proper hitting technique, about the space between us and the drum, the space between notes, and much more. And if that weren’t enough, he taught us two pieces, including one on the Odaiko, introducing the group to proper odaiko technique.
To All of You:
Domo Arigato Gozaimashita!!!
2010 Year-End Numbers:
33 performances total
16 school or kids’ event programs
9 workshops given
3 workshops attended
1 professional taiko concert produced
1 collegiate group prepped for a Kimmel Center debut
And over 46,000 people saw KyoDaiko perform in 2010!!!!
Thank you, to all who attend our performances and show your support for us! We love sharing our passion and enthusiasm for taiko with you!
Have a very Happy New Year!!!
November 14th, 2010, Philadelphia, PA
A small group of KyoDaiko drummers set up at Citizen’s Bank Park. We played to help encourage people to keep going on their 5K walk around the perimeter of the property. It was inspiring to see so many people there, supporting those dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease. Many groups would stop and rest for a moment while we gave little mini concerts for them. Our drumming, along with many other performing groups there that day, helped keep the walkers’ spirits up as they completed their walk.
August 10th-13th, 2010 Philadelphia, PA
August 10th through 13th, Kyo Daiko's Creative Director Kristopher Rudzinski spent 4 days working with 11 students at Shofuso Japanese and Garden. Over the span of the 4 days the students were introduced to taiko basics and learned an original composition which they
performed for family and friends on the final day of the camp.
August 5th, 2010 Philadelphia, PA
The theme for Shofuso’s third week of the children’s camp was Karate. Their Ki was already warmed up from their Karate instructor earlier in the day. To keep the energy up, the children learned the dance and the chant to Eijanaika, a piece which was taught to Kyo Daiko by members of San Jose Taiko.
July 29th, 2010 Philadelphia, PA
Children returned for their second week of camp, celebrating different aspects of Japanese Culture. This week, the theme was Tea Ceremony. We enjoyed a slow, quiet day while sitting on the veranda of the Shofuso Japanese House. The children learned the lyrics to Sakura Sakura as a misty rain fell quietly outside.
July 22nd, 2010 Philadelphia, PA
Today was our first week working with the children at Shofuso’s summer children’s camp. Every year Shofuso holds these summer camps for kids to have fun while learning about different aspects of Japanese culture.
July 4th, 2010 Philadelphia, PA
Philly knows how to throw a party and KyoDaiko was there on July 4th for the Wawa Welcome America Party on the Parkway. The Ben Franklin Parkway was blistering hot, but that didn't stop us from drumming our hearts out! KyoDaiko got the crowd involved with a couple of audience participation activities and nothing makes us smile more than seeing people really get into it!
June 20th, 2010 Philadelphia, PA
Nine taiko newbies joined the Introduction to Taiko Drumming Workshop taught by Kris Rudzinski, KyoDaiko Creative Director, on Sunday, June 20. Kris showed them the basics of handling the "bachi" drumsticks, stance and strike technique, then the group learned a brand new practice piece. It was truly a friends and family event with brother-sister, mother-daughter, mother-son pairs and friends signing up to learn together!
June 5th, 2010 Philadelphia, PA
KyoDaiko was in the house for Settlement Music School’s Open House on Saturday, June 5. We played some pieces for a great audience, including one little 3 year old boy who has definitely got some taiko in his future! It was great sharing what we do with the Settlement community!
May 29th, 2010 Camden Aquarium, NJ
KyoDaiko performed at a wedding reception in Currents Ballroom at the Camden Aquarium on May 29. One wall of the ballroom looked in on a floor to ceiling shark tank. This was definitely the first time KyoDaiko has performed for sharks! The human guests seemed to enjoy the show as well!