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Taiko Taiko - Email Newsletter of Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers & the Mugen Taiko Dojo
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - 
at the forefront of taiko as a 
European art form since 1994,
with extensive tours, festivals,
concerts & collaborations.
Mugen Taiko Dojo
The first purpose-built taiko
training centre in the UK, the
Mugen Taiko Dojo conducts
introductory workshops
through to top-level training,
and outreach projects in
schools & communities
throughout the UK.
Mugenkyo get all Jazzed up with "The World of Gods"

The World of Gods - Collaboration with SNJO

The Mugenkyo collaboration with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra earlier this month was a huge success, and received full standing ovations in Glasgow & Edinburgh, and excellent reviews in the press. 
Jazz fans were introduced to the powerful sounds of taiko, and Taiko fans heard taiko as never heard before.
Tommy Smith, director of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, wrote beautiful tunes and new arrangements of traditional Japanese melodies, to fit with our taiko drum pieces. The overall view was that this collaboration was certainly more than a sum of its parts. 
We are hoping that the project will be repeated next year, at a range of jazz festivals throughout the UK - watch this space!

Click here to see a review in the Herald
See below for more photos, courtesy of Colin Robertson

Introductory Weekend Workshop
at the Mugen Taiko Dojo

Weekend Workshop at the Mugen Taiko Dojo

There are still a few places left on the May introductory workshop.
Learn to play the taiko drums with senior players of Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers. The workshop takes you step-by-step from the stance, bachi drumstick grip, basic rhythms, through to learning an entire taiko drumming piece by the end of the weekend.

Date:        Sat 22 / Sun 23 May 2010

Cost:        £180 non-residential
                (contact us for residential rates)
Contact:   01357 522 008 /
                Click here for more info

Upcoming Dojo Performance at Edinburgh Beltane on 30 April

Dojo team at the Beltane FestivalThe Dojo team will be performing at the Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival on Friday 30th April.

The Beltane Festival derives from the traditional Celtic festival celebrating the coming of Spring.

The taiko performance will take place at 11:50pm at the top of Calton Hill, in front of the Acropolis, at the end of the series of Beltane rituals.

The performers will consist of Dojo members, who all train at the Dojo regularly.
For further info on the festival itself:

More photos from The World of the Gods

Photos by Colin Robertson

Jazz Collaboration
Trombones 'n' Taiko
Depicting the Underworld with jazz & taiko

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