If you missed our annual workshops - fret not! This year Nen Daiko is opening our practice for open house sessions once a month. The Open House allows Ekoji Sangha members and friends to participate in our practice for warm-ups and drills, and to even stick around and watch practice if interested. This is an opportunity to see what it's like to train like a Nen Daiko member and see what it's like to hit a taiko.
The first Open House was held on Sunday, October 27. We welcomed two participants who took part in our warm-ups, got to do some pretty tricky timing drills, and even watched us learn a new song. I had a great time and hopefully our guests did as well!
Our next two open houses are scheduled for November 24 and December 14 from 2 pm to 3 pm. All ages and all experience levels are welcome so feel free to stop by in some comfortable clothes and be ready for a workout. Earplugs are recommended since the drums can get quite loud. We will also be accepting $5 donations for Ekoji Buddhist Temple for each session, optional but definitely appreciated.
We look forward to our next Open House and hope to see you there!
This weekend, several of the members of Nen Daiko had the pleasure of attending the performance by the TAO taiko drummers at GMU's Center for the Arts . For us, this is a real treat to see a professional group perform to give us a quick boost of energy and inspiration as we prepare to launch into our own performance season for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.