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Gregorio Rabuñal

Taiko artist in Tokyo

Keep the Beat! Amanojaku - Japan's Avant Garde Taiko Ensemble

PRESENTED ON MAY 28, 2015
IN TOKYO @ VOL 125

"When I see Amanojaku, what I see is a truly and perfectly Japanese interpretation of world music."

When Gregorio Rabuñal witnessed a travelling Japanese Taiko Drumming performance as a young boy living in Bueno Aries, Argentina, little did he know that the drumming seed had been planted in his mind. It was only later in life as a young man when the seed took root, eventually bringing him to Japan to study under one the Taiko world's greatest pioneers, the very one he had seen as a small boy.  

Enjoy Gregorio's journey into Taiko! 

This was Presentation of the Day on June 19th, 2015.

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Passing the Beat: Batterie 100

BY TIM WHITTA
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 17, 2013

Music director Tim Whitta tells us about the Batterie 100 precussion project, a program that hosts workshops at Wellington-area schools, teaching kids how to play precussion instruments. It is a part of Strike, a high energy drumming group that performs throughout New Zealand. 

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Japan's Small Town Solutions

BY AKIRA SAKANO
@ VOL 23 ON DEC 19, 2014

Akira Sakano introduces various projects in Kamikatsu, including their Zero Waste declaration. These projects help spread awareness to Japanese rural villages and help reduce waste.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 11, 2015.

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Joseph Cornell: the Man Next Door

BY ANALISA LEPPANEN-GUERRA
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 12, 2015

Analisa Leppanen-Guerra is an independent scholar specializing in avant-garde art and visual culture. She is one of the foremost experts on the twentieth century American artist Joseph Cornell, and has published two books on his work: Children's Stories and 'Child-Time' in the Works of Joseph Cornell and the Transatlantic Avant-Garde (2011), which was the winner of the College Art Association's Andrew Wyeth Publication Grant, and Joseph Cornell's Manual of Marvels (2012), which received glowing reviews in The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Huffington Post. Her latest essay on Cornell appears in a catalog for the Detroit Institute of Arts's 2016 exhibition "The Art of American Dance."

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To Beat, or Not to Beat

BY KIERON MARRINER
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 28, 2016

Ex-operations manager and prison officer Kieron Marriner talks us thourgh his experiences working as a beater on pheasant shoots.

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Hardcore: Japan's Extreme Underground

BY MATT KETCHUM
@ VOL 139 ON SEP 28, 2016

“Japan is not just about video games, anime, sushi..but it is incredibly diverse, progressive and colourful.”

In "Hardcore: Japan's Extreme Underground" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol.139Matt Ketchum speaks about his enthusiasm towards Japan's extreme underground life as a musician. Japan's well known for its robots, anime, sushi, and ninja, but that's nowhere near the whole of Japan's cultural identity. Unseen, unheard, and damn near unsearchable but nevertheless teeming with energy, there is a completely separate dimension of Japan's creative communities: the extreme music underground.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, October 7th, 2016. 

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Hand Drumming Is Fun and Good for You

BY ANNALEA VERCHINSKY
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

Annalea Verchinsky talks about the benefits of hand drumming, which range from pure enjoyment to helping with relaxation, lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.

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Drumming Around the World

BY ICHITARO WADAIKO
@ VOL 155 ON FEB 28, 2018

世界各地で2,000回以上の舞台を務めてきた和太鼓奏者の壱太郎さん。三味線や尺八、笛などの邦楽器にとどまらず、オーケストラやジャズ、ロックミュージシャンとのコラボレーションなど、精力的にステージをプロデュースし作曲、演奏しています。日本を代表するドラムパフォーマーの水曜日のプレゼンテーションそして演奏は、絶対見逃してはいけません!

Taiko performer, Mr. Ichitaro has performed over 2,000 times in various parts of the world. He has produced, composed and played in various collaborations not only with shamisen, shakuhachi, but also with flute and other Japanese music instruments, orchestras, jazz and rock musicians. 

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The Drum Is Everything

BY RAY QUINN
@ VOL 45 ON MAR 06, 2018

Not a fan of Van Halen? Neither is Ray Quinn.

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What the Hell is Drum Corps?

BY ANDREW LARUM
@ VOL 2 ON AUG 01, 2018

Andy is a St. Cloud native, Earth Science major at MSU, and member of an all-age competitive Drum and Bugle Corps based out of St. Peter, MN. What on Earth is drum corps you ask? Great question! The activity is vast, yet misunderstood and misrepresented. Andy will shed some light on the subject with his talk "What The Hell Is Drum Corps?"