A few weeks ago at our annual retreat, Kazan Taiko officially welcomed an unprecedented total of 17 new members into our newest generation, the Wood Horses! Comprising majors from Math and Music Composition to Electrical Engineering and Architecture, and with interests as varied as drawing and piano to aspirations for traveling the world, our newest members represent a wide and diverse spectrum that adds immeasurable depth and value to the Kazan family! See our member profiles page to learn more about each of them individually! Congratulations Wood Horses! We look forward to an exciting year of fun, drumming, and bonding with you all!
This past weekend, Kazan held its annual bachi/hachimaki making retreat! We had a lot of fun hanging out as a group and getting to know all the new members better, and now, with our newly sanded bachi and vibrant hachimaki, are ready to face any and all performances the year might throw at us!
Our retreat this year was held at our very own Kazan house! Large enough to accommodate all of our old and new members, as well as having a yard for us to sand bachi and take pictures, Kazan house was the perfect venue for retreat.
We started out with a photo shoot for the new members, and then split up into bachi and hachimaki making. It was definitely a tiring ordeal, but putting your sweat and effort into making your own costume and equipment really helped our members connect to the discipline and concentration that taiko requires, and created lots of meaningful memories for everyone. Around noon we stopped to relax with a lunch of pizza and chips, and then formally welcomed our new members into the group!
Lastly, we concluded with the tradition of our member auction, which was a stunning success in fundraising! Thank you to all our members for coming out to retreat, and we look forward to a great rest of the year for Kazan!
A few weeks ago, Kazan had the honor of taking part in an insightful and inspiring workshop with Kinnara Taiko! We started off with a lesson on Senshin temple’s buddhist philosophy and the historical roots of Kinnara, and then moved right into learning some of the methods and practices from Kinnara’s unique style. We finished up with a song called Ashura, which was definitely a workout for our bodies and voices! It was a rousing and inspiring practice from start to finish, and we enjoyed learning insightful lessons from such a supportive and dedicated taiko group.
Thank you for such a wonderful workshop Kinnara, and we look forward to many more years of working with you!