Kris Bergstrom 2 – “Jack Bazaar”


Recorded January 19, 2016. 60 minute, 43.7 MB mp3 file.

In this follow-up conversation with Kris Bergstrom, Head Instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) in Torrance, CA, we discuss his composition “Jack Bazaar” (as well as related compositions “KARC/Joan of Arc & Donzoko). We delve into the history of the piece, how it has evolved, and how it has been influenced by Kris’ evolving thoughts on taiko performance and composition.

Here are a few videos that have been posted by Kris on Vimeo that augment the conversation about the structure and performance of the piece:

An annotated run-through of the piece:

A performance by Unit One, Zenshin Daiko, and Chieko Kojima at Taiko Jam 2015 during the 2015 North American Taiko Conference in Las Vegas:

A run-through of the core “Jack Bazaar” by Los Angeles Taiko Institute students:

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