Hiro Kurashima, Osuwa Daiko Shihan (certified by the late Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi, 1924-2008) and leader of Taiko Masala, teaches class on Saturdays with NINJA taiko. A multi-cultural and multi-generational band of "misfits" (from personal experience, being one of the students). So in a sense the people are a lot like the wa daiko.
|NYSTA At Mitsuwa Marketplace Summer Festival 2013|
|NINJA at SUMMER SATURDAZE International Celebration 2014 at East New York Farmers Market|
"(In addition to Les' quote) The mission is for all of us learning SUWA style Taiko drumming. Our goal is to make good harmony and share joy with even one more person in our regular lives. In this meaning, Taiko is our best tool to exercise to polish ourselves and become well rounded persons."
Mitsuwa Marketplace (New Jersey) Summer Festival 2013
CLASSES WITH HIRO KURASIMA ARE SATURDAYS. BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE 2-4, INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCE 4-5. FOR MORE INFO ON CLASSES AND SCHEDULE CONTACT http://www.taiko-masala.com
For the month of October New York Suwa Taiko Association is at New York Botanical Garden for Kiku Matsuri (Chrysanthemum Festival) every weekend with performances at 1pm, & again at 3pm. With exception to Taiko Masala (who opened the matsuri on October 2nd), and Ninja (who performs on October 12th & 13th).
There are currently five active groups in NYSTA (under director & shihan Hiro Kurashima):
Taiko Masala (also led by Hiro), New York Taiko Aiko Kai, Sakura Taiko, Biwanko, and Ninja.
Three of the members of Taiko Masala performed on the second of October. The open field and clouds was a beautiful backdrop for their performance. Taiko Masala also performs every Saturday in October as well.
This coming weekend will be Ninja's turn on Sunday, and again on Monday.
Then on the 19th Biwanko perfoms. And Sakura Taiko on the 26th (with members of Taiko Masala the 11th, 18th, and 25th).
At the end of each set, the audience gets the chance to participate in the performance.
for more info on Suwa style taiko also check out http://www.taiko-masala.com
Biwanko (Youth drummers) performed October 19th.(photo from DonDoko Matsuri 2013, presented by YuYu Dance Studio)