It’s hard to even begin describing our post-concert feelings, but the sentiment shared by every Kazan member was definitely one of intense pride and accomplishment in last night’s performance. For our graduating senior class, it was a dynamic and emotional last concert to finish off an amazing 3-4 years in Kazan Taiko. And, for our newest members, it was the culmination of a year’s worth of growth from seeing people who had never picked up a drum stick before now playing with spirit and confidence on stage.
Over the last few months especially, its amazing to think of how much we have accomplished. We learned three new collaboration pieces, added two new songs to our repertoire, re-vamped almost half our existing songs, overhauled our entire costuming wardrobe, and debuted a new generation piece, just to name a few. There were definitely moments when we weren’t sure if we’d be able to pull off our vision for this spring concert, but looking back on it now, it is safe to say that we far surpassed our goals. Undoubtedly, this was our best spring concert yet, and we can only move forward from here.
Lastly, Kazan Taiko would like to thank everyone again for taking the time to come out and support us last night, because without you all, we wouldn’t have been able to have a concert in the first place. It has been an amazing journey preparing for this concert, and we couldn’t be more proud of the show. It seems a long way off at the moment, but we encourage you all to stay tuned next spring for Kazan’s future 7th annual spring concert!
In less than 24 hours, Kazan Taiko’s 6th annual spring concert “KOBU” will commence!
This year, our inspiration for the show first came from the idea of “fusion”: mixing different sounds, rhythms, and visuals together to bring a new take on traditional songs, as well as create a dynamic repertoire that reflects the diverse skills of our members and guest performers. We have the pleasure this year of collaborating with groups such as USC Wushu Nation, USC Haneulsori, and USC Shinkendo. Contrary to simply inviting them as guest performers, in the true spirit of the show, we have developed brand new integrated pieces that are true performance “collaborations” between our groups, and have also worked to create new songs that revamp our existing repertoire! We are excited to debut these new pieces, and hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Additionally, our show’s title is officially called “Kobu,” which translates to “invigoration” or “encouragement.” However, its kanji (鼓舞) literally mean “drum dance.” Thus, as we perform our concert with pieces old and new, we hope to convey the rhythm and power that truly make the art of taiko a “drum dance.”
For Kazan taiko, the spring concert is truly the culmination of an entire year’s worth of work, and each and every one of our members has put their heart and soul into learning their pieces. We believe without a doubt that this concert will be the best one yet, and can’t wait to step on stage tomorrow night to show you everything we have achieved! Best of all, admission is FREE, so we sincerely hope to see you out at our 6th annual spring concert tomorrow!
Kazan Taiko’s 6th Annual Spring Concert: Kobu
Location: USC’s Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Ballroom