Sketches (Phrases, Patterns, & Grooves [4])

Composer: See individual listings
License: Creative Commons Share Alike.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

About

From Song Database Editor Wendy Jedlička…

This “Sketches” section of the TaikoSource Song Database is a place to share small parts. It need not be a whole song, just a few phrases, or a fun groove will do nicely. Sometimes a simple audio theme is enough to give people inspiration. Composer, Julie Schramke (Taikollaborative), created her song Mori no Koe based on the pattern for “shave and a haircut..2-bits.” What might your fun little pattern inspire? Contact us with your audio sketch to share. A basic mp3 recording with a short write-up about the sketch is all we need. If you can write-out your pattern too, then bonus! Use the “Submit a Song” link to submit your info and mp3. 

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn these pieces.

Sketch: 2164
About: On a 10°F evening in mid-January, a bunch of curious people got together in the (chilly) Taiko practice room at 2164 Rosewood Ln N, in Roseville MN, USA, with Kris Bergstrom, Maz Baba, and Shoji Kameda to delight in their Compose by Number Workshop — we soon warmed-up the place! —Wj
Note: 2164 is also included as a song on the database as it’s a bit more extensive than one phrase and is used by Taikollaborative as a transition piece with hand percussion (Uchiwa and Clave), but it’s also not really a whole long song either. Where might you take this base idea? —Wj 

Arrangement: Wendy Jedlička with Compose By Numbers Workshop Participants, Minnesota 2011
Composition date: Jan 2011
Notation PDF: 2164-ComposeByNumber011711
mp3:

More info —
Compose By Number: A step-by-step guide to composition for taiko
by Kristofer Bergstrom / ComposeByNumberTaiko-cbn_root
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Sketch:
Conga Sketch 042512
About: This is a test drive of newly acquired congas.
Composer: Peter Ford
Composition date:
Jul 16, 2012
mp3:

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Sketch:
General Groove 1
About: The pieces in the General Groove series come from this odd idea: What if way back when only the drummers showed-up on the day of the battle? How different would conflicts look today if they were resolved only with drums? People will have conflicts, they may even want to come to blows, but resolving the issues through the beat of drums would make the world a much groovier, and healthier, place. — Wj
Special thanks to Roy Hirabayashi and Kris Bergstrom for helping me discover I can ‘paint’ pictures with musical notes. 

Composer: Wendy Jedlička
Composition date:
Jul 16, 2012
Notation PDF: GeneralGroove-1-Jedlicka-2012
mp3:

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Sketch:
Zen Garden (on cookie tin and toilet)
About: It may sound like a Zen garden… but it is a toilet and a cookie tin! Finger tapping the bottom like a gong; the top lid like a drum; and the side of cookie tin with fingernails for percussive accents. Toilet filling sounds like waterfall. But hearing the toilet tank slowly stopping (soon, a quiet toilet), I changed suddenly to the end, with a last echoing gong sound. That was fun! One recording take. — VC
Composer: Virginia Chong
Composition date:
Nov 16, 2017
mp3:

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Taiko Right-Left Practice (Drill)

Composer: Andreas Prescher / Kumano Taiko Dojo
Arrangement: Andreas Prescher / Kumano Taiko Dojo
Composition Date: 2016
License: (c) 2016 Andreas Prescher / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

About

A short, fun drill to train right and left sticking. This arrangement is for two chus and a chappa.

(Original composition name: Taiko Rechts-Links Ubung)

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

mp3:

 

Score PDF: Taiko_Rechts-Links_Ubung

2164

Composer: Compose By Numbers Workshop Participants, Minnesota 2011
Arrangement: Wendy Jedlička
Composition date: 2011
License: Creative Commons Share Alike.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

About

From workshop host Wendy Jedlička…

“On a 10°F evening in mid-January, a bunch of curious people got together in the (chilly) Taiko practice room at 2164 Rosewood Ln N, in Roseville MN, USA, with Kris Bergstrom, Maz Baba, and Shoji Kameda to delight in their Compose by Number Workshop — we soon warmed-up the place!”

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Notation PDF: 2164-ComposeByNumber011711
mp3:

See Also

Compose By Number: A step-by-step guide to composition for taiko by Kristofer Bergstrom
ComposeByNumberTaiko-cbn_root

Find more PDF scores, midi and mp3 files in the Taiko Jinsei Audio Pool
http://www.jedlicka.com/taikojinsei/TaikoJinsei-AudioPool

Kinzoku

Composer: Grady Mayo
Choreography: Jen Kong & Korabo Taiko
Composition date: 2015
License: (c)2015 Grady Mayo. Released under Creative Commons Share Alike license.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/
For additional help/information concerning Kinzoku, or if you would like to share your alterations with the composer, please contact Grady Mayo through Facebook, or email on score PDF.

About

From composer Grady Mayo…

Kinzoku means “metal”, and was heavily inspired by the genre of music that shares its namesake. I wrote this piece, originally, out of curiosity. I had ideas in my head that I wanted to put onto paper, and I ended up writing the first draft of the piece on a music notation program. After translating what was on the paper to actual drums, editing the song, and incorporating some choreography into the music, Korabo Taiko conceived the piece.

Kinzoku, itself, is structured much like Western popular music (verse-bridge-chorus format) and includes several metal-inspired rhythms and feels. The three “verses” serve as avenues that showcase the three different player groups – odaiko, chu-daiko, and taiko set. The piece is quite complex; the rhythms create strange grooves for the players, the time signature is woven out of odd meters, and the ji steadily changes. I hope that this piece provides a rewarding challenge for groups that take it on.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece. (Kinzoku-GradyMayo-2015.pdf)

PDF Score: Kinzoku-GradyMayo-2015

Videos

Taiko Set Part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R4LEYGW8ao

Chu Part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZIzMUiG7KU

Odaiko Part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEYQuy6KlTA

ALL Parts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xa9hZ6PVTY&feature=youtu.be

See Also

Kinzoku is released under the “Creative Commons Share Alike” License. The composer encourages everyone to learn, practice, and perform the piece. If you would like to modify it, please give proper credit to the original composer and share the modified piece under the same license. For additional help/information concerning Kinzoku, or if you would like to share your alterations with the composer, please contact Grady Mayo directly.

Korabo Taiko
https://www.facebook.com/korabotaiko

Rebel Taiko Experiment
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx0fIGdt7eMZnYs0ehyU7RA

Grady Mayo on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/grady.mayo.9

Kamaitachi

Composer: Jordan Tani
Composition date: 2013
License: (c)2013 Jordan Tani.
Creative Commons Share Alike.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/
If altering this composition, please be sure to contact composer. He’d really love to see what you do with this! (See composer’s other song — Aeration — on this database for contact information.)

About

From composer Jordan Tani…

Kamaitachi are a type of yokai that are embodiments of the wind. In lore, they are characterized by attacking travelers leaving them with a distinct characteristic of sharp pains but no wounds to show for it. This piece is inspired by the Hida Province interpretation. Kamaitachi attack in a trio: the first uses large gusts of wind to knock down the traveler, the second attacks with sharp blades, and the third heals the wounds.

The piece translates the Hida interpretation through the three naname players, each embodying a characteristic in play style, performance, and kata. Solos are also a unique way in which these unique characteristics may be displayed. Kamaitachi is a very malleable song and can be played in many formats for a variety of performance requirements, in a bare bones performance it can be performed with as little as the 3-naname and 1-shime.

For information regarding learning and performing the piece, contact the composer for additional help and opportunities to learn in-person, including workshops or private sessions.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Downloadable Audio Tracks…
https://soundcloud.com/jmtsound/sets/kamaitachi

Downloadable PDF Score/Parts…
Kamaitachi-JordanTani-Score_and_Parts

Individual Parts…
Kamaitachi-JordanTani-Betta
Kamaitachi-JordanTani-Clave

Kamaitachi-JordanTani-Naname
Kamaitachi-JordanTani-Perc_1
Kamaitachi-JordanTani-Shime

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HuxGmA1w9o

Composer notes…

This is the original 2013 version and has since been edited in the development section from solos until the main reprise. I hope to have a recent video up soon.

Kamaitachi can predominantly be found within Asayake Taiko’s repertoire and during their annual concerts. http://asayaketaiko.ucsd.edu/#/

Aeration

Composer: Jordan Tani
Composition date: 2014
License: (c)2014 Jordan Tani. Creative Commons Share Alike.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/
If altering this composition, please be sure to contact composer. He’d really love to see what you do with this! (Contact info on PDF Score.)

About

From composer Jordan Tani…

During my final quarter in music theory, Professor Lei Liang of UCSD gave us a final project/assignment where he tasked us with creating a composition in the style of one of the many 20th century composers we had analyzed over the term. There was no limitation on what instruments be used, or in what manner for that fact — as long as we embodied the spirit of the composer through our own creative processes. I had always wanted to attempt to compose a piece for taiko involving sheet music or some sort of notation as well as combine two uniquely different musical cultures: a contemporary classical/avant-garde style with kumidaiko.

The two composers that I chose to embody were Steve Reich, and Edgard Varese, taking unique musical ideas from both of them into the two distinct sections of the piece. These concepts would involve Reich’s study in musical phase and Varese’s exploration of the timbral qualities of instruments in order to create sounds not normally associated with the particular instrument along with the Varese’s use of electronic music within his works.

Aeration itself is inspired by the concept of boiling water, a narrative that begins with the turning on of a stove, exerting a force on the still water, bubbling slowly and sporadically until it eventually comes to a more even and rhythmic rolling boil. The electronic part within the piece is a recorded shime track that the performer(s) must play in time with, creating the effect as if there are more taiko players on stage than there really are. Aeration was originally intended to be a solo work for taiko, specifically Shime or possibly Okedo.

Composer’s Note: I plan on expanding Aeration into a kumidaiko version if groups would be interested in performing it — please contact me! Additionally, This piece uses standard western notation and graphical notation that I have devised myself and also plan to continue developing further.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Notation PDF: Aeration-SCORE-Tani2014

Audio Track, Ensemble: Aeration Mus102 2014 Jordan Tani (Taiko and electronics)

Audio Track, Electronic Part Only:

NOTE: The file “Aeration-ELECTRONIC PART-Tani2014.mp3” has a long “ma” space at the beginning. See file “Aeration-SCORE-Tani2014.pdf” for details on how the live and recorded parts fit together.

Videos

Stay tuned…

See Also

For more insights on avant garde classical music and Jordan Tani’s inspirations:

Edgard Varese
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgard_Var%C3%A8se
Ionisation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9mg4KHqRPw
Amerique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbPzNBvwnsM

Steve Reich:
http://www.stevereich.com/
Clapping Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzkOFJMI5i8
Music for 18 musicians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXJWO2FQ16c
Percussion piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doJk4yPwJDk

Iannis Xenakis:
http://www.iannis-xenakis.org/xen/
Metastasis (for graphical scores): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZazYFchLRI

Helmut Lachenmann
Guero (graphical score inspiration): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MChTWNDAg8

Lei Liang
https://sites.google.com/site/leiliangcomposer2/biography
http://musicweb.ucsd.edu/people/people.php?cmd=fm_music_directory_detail&query_Full_Name=+Lei+Liang&query_Active_Status=Faculty

 

Matsuri-Too

Composer: Wendy Jedlička
Composition date: 2012
License: Creative Commons Share Alike.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

About

From composer Wendy Jedlička…

When originally creating the Matsuri entry for TaikoSource, I wanted to find out who wrote the song “Matsuri” I was taught when I first started taiko here in the US. My sources noted though: “There really isn’t one song in the way we understand in North America. In Japan, every village has their own Matsuri based on familiar Bon Odori rhythms and new patterns added to express local culture. So really, just write your own.” So I did.

Starting with the familiar “Don Don Don kara kaka, Don Don (tsu), Don Don kara kaka” I pulled together phrases from the Matsuri solo I’ve been doing since 1998. I’m offering my Masuri-Too (Matsuri Yi)* as a starting place for new groups, and welcome players to build and change this song to express your own local culture. Enjoy!

*Have a better translation for Masuri-Too (Matsuri-Yi)? Drop me a note… contact [at] taiko [dot] biz

 

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Notation PDF: Matsuri-Too

PDF score updates, midi and mp3 files can be found in the Taiko Jinsei Audio Poolhttp://www.jedlicka.com/taikojinsei/TaikoJinsei-AudioPool

Videos

Stay tuned…

 

See Also

Matsuri Jiuchi (Ji/basic): http://taikosource.com/song-database/jiuchi-ji-basic/
Matsuri on TaikoSource Song Database: http://taikosource.com/song-database/matsuri-phases/

 

Tatsumaki

Composer: Hiroshi Tanaka
Composition date: 1993
License: (c)1993 Hiroshi Tanaka. Creative Commons Share Alike.
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About

From composer Hiroshi Tanaka…

Dynamic movements evoke the energy and sheer power of one of nature’s greatest forces. Tatsumaki was first performed by Stanford Taiko as one of the group’s three original songs.

Some of the groups that play or have played Tatsumaki as part of their repertoire are:  Stanford Taiko, Portland Taiko, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Washington University-St. Louis Osuwa Daiko, Maui Zenshin Daiko, TAIKOPROJECT and Jun Daiko.

 

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Notation PDF: Tatsumaki2007-HiroshiTanaka

Videos

Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble at Bishop Museum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlVFtI_cKSQ

2008 Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational – Tatsumaki
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yeWPDeJbc34

Bonenkai 2010 TCPYG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pIOinyxuXyc

See Also

Hiroshi Tanaka’s announcement on the TCfbg
https://www.facebook.com/groups/taikocommunity/?view=permalink&id=112622015509035

Hiroshi’s page on Tatsumaki, includes PDF link and practice video
http://web.me.com/rosh001/Taiko/Tatsumaki_2007.html
http://web.me.com/rosh001/Taiko/Tatsumaki4ZD.html

Matsuri

Composer: A series of traditional Japanese festival rhythms.
Composition date: A timeless classic.
License: Our shared Taiko heritage.

About

Matsuri as we play it today is Taiko most at home at festivals — Matsuri literally means festival. The Matsuri percussion phrase familiar in North America though shows-up in Japanese dance, at Obon, and as part of Shinto festival music. In Japan, every village has its own “Matsuri.”

Don Don Don kara kaka, Don Don (su), Don Don kara kaka…

…is a phrase recognized as the beginning, but it’s also the heart of the thing. What happens in between is moved by the spirit of the moment it is played, or traditions from the region in which it lives. In this post are collected a variety of “Matsuri” expression examples.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

“Matsuri” Jiuchi (Ji): From “Matsuri Daiko.” Commonly played on shimedaiko, taiko, and atarigane. http://users.lmi.net/taikousa/lesson.html

Matsuri Kuchi Shoga (Shime): TEN_teke ten Ten  TEN_teke ten Ten…
Sticking: R_rl r L   R_rl r L…

Matsuri-Too (Matsuri Yi): A Matsuri-based song. PDF score, midi file, and mp3 can be found in the Taiko Jinsei Audio Poolhttp://www.jedlicka.com/taikojinsei/TaikoJinsei-AudioPool

Matsuri-DYI: A Matsuri Worksheet with audio track and midi file to help you write your own!

mp3 File:
Midi File: Matsuri-DYI.midi
PDF Worksheet: Matsuri-DYI.pdf

Videos

Traditional Matsuri performances…

Do you have a video of traditional Matsuri performances from Japan? Let us know!

Videos playing with Matsuri phrases and improv…

Matsuri Crashers Battle Structures
http://onensemble.org/2013/05/matsuri-crashers-battle-structures/

Eastern Taiko Conference 2012 – Matsuri Battle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DnkOHCOBrdo

Matsuri Battle • 405 • David and Jason vs Maz and Kris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dVfLR1EdWoc