School Demonstrations & Workshops

School Demonstrations & Workshops

Wadaiko Rindo pays hundreds of visits every year to schools across Australia and overseas. photograph: Mia-Alexandra Sky

Wadaiko Rindo pays hundreds of visits every year to schools across Australia and overseas.
photograph: Mia-Alexandra Sky

Wadaiko Rindo’s performances and workshops in schools are very popular and have received a recommendation from the Victorian State Ministry of Education and provide an accessible and participatory cultural experience to primary and secondary students throughout Australia.

The benefits of group music classes are well documented. Students who participate in our demonstrations and workshops stand to gain personally and academically, through an increase in motivation and self-confidence, coordination, cultural awareness and team work.

The Taiko Show
Toshi became a member of JAPEP (Japan Australia Professional Exchange Program, now called Artsinspire) in 1996, an organisation of cross-cultural professional exchange between Japan and Australia. Through this organisation, taiko classes are offered at local primary and high schools across Australia. In 1997, Toshi’s wife Junko joined in these taiko class activities. In that year, the classes received a recommendation from the Victorian State Ministry of Education.

Waraku Tomoe
Waraku Tomoe was formed in 1997 with Shakuhachi player Anne Norman. The group was formally contracted by Nexus Arts, a well respected arts agency in Australia. Since they have performed all over around the Australian states and territories, with more than 100 schools being covered in a year. In 2001, Waraku Tomoe’s school performances qualified for the official recognition by the Queensland Ministry of Education.

Wasabi
In 2005, Wasabi was formed with Tsugaru-shamisen player Noriko Tadano and Wadaiko Rindo member Nick Barlow. Combining taiko, Japanese flute and shamisen, the group performs unique shows, playing traditional style, to pop styled tunes with taiko beats. Although Nick has now moved to the United States of America as a member of Cirque du Soleil (making us fiercely proud!), Wasabi continues performances in the Australasia region.

 

If you would like to contact us about any of these school performances you can submit the form through our Contact page, or as listed below.

Taiko Show, Taiko workshop, Wasabi Show
Toshi Sakamoto
Tel: +61 (3) 9893 5882
Mobile: 0421 307 236
Email: toshi@wadaikorindo.com

Flute and Taiko show (Waraku Tomoe)
Nexus Arts – Sue Russell
Tel: 1800 675 897
Email: nexusarts@netspace.net.au