SKT 2017 Performing Member Auditions
Want to pound away on a big drum? Move in time and in sync with ten other drummers on a big stage? Learn about taiko, odori, fue, narimono, minyo and their role in the folklore of Japan and North America?
Seattle Kokon Taiko, the original Japanese American taiko group in the Pacific Northwest, is holding open auditions for new members! Previous taiko experience or at least one beginner class with Seattle Kokon Taiko is required.
Applicants should have a strong sense of rhythm, grace in movement, expression of ki (spirit/energy) and the time, energy and commitment to develop into a taiko performing artist.
The audition process consists of three elements: a written application, a hands-on audition which will include coordination exercises, drumming drills and demonstration of the song “Matsuri” and finally a face to face interview with members of SKT. We try to minimize stress in the process, but please note that applicants may be eliminated at any step along the way. We do not guarantee that any applicants will be accepted this year, but if you can demonstrate some “taiko potential”, we can train you. Those accepted through the application process will enter a 6-month apprenticeship for training and assessment, with final approval for full membership pending successful completion of the apprenticeship program.
To help you prepare for the audition, there will be a “Matsuri” review for applicants on March 19th at 12pm.
Applications are due by Friday March 17th, 2017. The group hands-on audition session will be held Sunday March 19th at 2pm. To apply, please download and fill out the application form below, and send as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please email us at the same address.
Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for everyone who made Rhythm, Movement, and Spirit a dream come true. Thank you to our incredible audience at the Shorewood Performing Arts Center and thank you to everyone who wished us luck from afar.
Thank you to our incredible guest artists Unit Souzou, Aura Ruddell, Ravenna Woods, and Patrick Oiye. It was fantastic to share the stage with each of you and to challenge and broaden our understanding of taiko. Thank you to the tech crew, stage hands, and volunteers for helping the show run without a hitch! Thank you to 4Culture and to all of our GoFundMe donors. Thank you to all of our friends in the taiko community for their many years of mentorship and friendship.
After all of the many hours planning and practicing that culminated in our 35th anniversary, our hearts are full and our bodies are supercharged from the experience of sharing and performing for you all. A sincere thank you to our family, friends, and community from each of us at SKT.
We’re jumping for joy because starting TODAY, General Admission tickets for our 35th anniversary concert “Rhythm, Movement & Spirit” on October 1 are on sale at skt35.brownpapertickets.com! And while you’re on the site, you can secure your spot in our September 24 beginners taiko workshop. That’s right – You can play taiko with SKT one Saturday and then watch our concert the next!
Rhythm, Movement & Spirit is sponsored by 4Culture.
Purchase concert tickets and workshop admission at skt35.brownpapertickets.com.
Contribute to our GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/skt35.
For more information about our concert, go to seattlekokontaiko.org/skt35.
Time for another concert update! Thanks to your generous donations, we are practically at the half way mark! We are just 8 weeks away from the big event, so things are starting to heat up in the practice hall. Of course, we continue to perform at Seattle area events – yesterday we made an appearance at the annual From Hiroshima to Hope event in Green Lake Park.
We also wanted to give the amazingly talented Maria Dost an extra special shout-out! Maria has been designing and producing SKT’s beautiful hapi for the past couple of years and is currently helping us with costumes for the show. Here’s a glimpse of some of the gorgeous work she is doing:
Doesn’t it look great? Thank you so very much Maria!
Thank you so very much to everyone who has donated to our GoFundMe or helped spread the word! We’ve almost reached a THIRD of our goal in just TWO WEEKS! We really appreciate you helping to make this a truly special celebration! If you haven’t had the chance to donate yet, help support us at gofundme.com/skt35.
We’d like to announce that our VIP Section tickets are going on sale this Monday, August 1st. For all you Kokon-nuts out there, these center seats will be sure to blow you away! Get them while you still can! For those who can’t wait to get some taiko in your lives, you can sign up for our 2-hour Public Beginner’s Workshop happening September 24th, from 12-2pm. Get your tickets and workshop admission at skt35.brownpapertickets.com.
We’re getting more and more excited at every practice! Get pumped! #skt35 #kokonnuts
In just a few weeks, we’ll be sharing the stage with local Seattle band Ravenna Woods http://www.ravennawoodsblog.com/ at the TIMBER! Outdoor Music Festival in Carnation, WA. We’ve had a lot of fun practicing together and we’re very excited for you to hear the fruits of our labor! Come out July 16th for a performance you’re definitely going to remember!
Many congratulations to Ian Devier of the Seattle Channel for receiving an Emmy nomination for his documentary TAIKO! The piece features our very own Stan Shikuma and clips of SKT/Kaze Taiko at practice and in performance around Seattle. It was great working with you! Excited for the results in June!
You can check out documentary by clicking here!
We’re so happy to launch our redesigned webpage–hope you enjoy navigating through the new site!