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Grass Valley Taiko to perform at World Tai Chi Day
Gold Country Kiwanis and Homer Nottingham will host the Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on Saturday, April 29th from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bandshell at Pioneer Park, Nevada City.
Grass Valley Taiko will perform a 20 minute set of some of their favorite Taiko music starting at 10:30 am.
This year’s theme is “One World, One Breath.” This global event is organized annually in over 100 cities and 80 nations worldwide. The purpose is to educate millions around the planet about Tai Chi & Qigong health benefits; celebrate personal and global health and healing; how to find local classes and how to get the most from those classes.
Qigong, and Tai Chi demonstrations and other classes will be held during the event.
Food will be available.
Event Location: Pioneer Park’s Bandshell 423 Nimrod Street, Nevada City, CA.
Price: Free – Donations Welcomed.
Age Range: All Ages.
Time: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Grass Valley Taiko to perform at the 2023 SF Cherry Blossom Festival
Grass Valley Taiko is honored to be on stage at the 2023 San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival on the second weekend of the event this year. The event takes place around the Peace Plaza in Japantown in SF.
The group will perform a set of taiko music from their repertoire. The group will be on stage on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at the Peace Plaza Stage from 1:30 PM – 2 PM. Come join us, experience Japanese culture, music and great food.
Grass Valley Taiko to Perform at the 2019 Nevada County Fair
Grass Valley Taiko is once again performing at the Nevada County Fair. We’re even featured in the fair’s summary video of 2018! Check it out below:
The Nevada County Fair is always our favorite performance of the year. We love performing for all of our friends and family – the energy is the best at the fair. We hope that you’ll come out on the first day of the fair, grab something to eat on treat street and then enjoy some great Taiko drumming while you enjoy your meal! We’ll be playing all of our favorite songs, and our beginning Taiko group is growing as we’ve got a bunch of talented newbies. Come out and support them on stage along with our performing group.
Know and Go:
What: Grass Valley Taiko at the Nevada County Fair!
When: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: Noon and 1:30 PM
Where: Pine Tree Stage (right by Treat Street)
Don’t forget: if you’d like to experience Taiko first hand, then come check out our beginners class on Thursday nights, starting at 5:30 PM.
Have you been waiting to try taiko?
Share the love with Taiko!
Join the Second Annual Grass Valley Love Walk events with a little a taiko! This workshop is a perfect way to experience taiko for the first time. Come on, you’ve got the day off, come join us for some fun and exercise.
Participate in a hands-on demonstration with Grass Valley Taiko to experience an introduction to Traditional Japanese Style Drumming. Led by Founder and Director Mitzi Garnett and a group of senior members. 20- 50 participants depending on the size area we find. www.grassvalleytaiko.com. Donations appreciated
Location: at United Methodists Church, 236 S. Church St, 2nd Floor.
Date: Monday, January 21, 2019
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Grass Valley Taiko returns to the stage at Worldfest 2018
Grass Valley Taiko is excited to announce that we are playing at the California Worldfest again this year! We are super excited to be back on stage for the awesome crowd at Worldfest. It’s going to be an early timeslot, but we’ll be rocking the stage and shaking everyone from their sleeping bags. If you’re going to Worldfest, be sure to set your alarm and catch us on Saturday morning. Unfortunately there won’t be a workshop this year, but beginners are welcome to join us on any Thursday at our beginner class!
Get your tickets now at http://worldfest.net/
Hope to see you there:
What: Grass Valley Taiko at California Worldfest
When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 9:30 AM
Where: Nevada Country Fairgrounds. Sierra Stage
Catch Grass Valley Taiko at the 2017 Nevada County Fair
We will be performing at the 2017 Nevada County Fair next month. We love having our friends and family in the audience, so plan ahead and be sure to join us for this performance. We’ll be performing on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 on the Pine Creek Stage (near Treat Street). There will be two performances: 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM.
What: 2017 Nevada County Fair
Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
Stage: Pine Creek stage (near treat street)
When: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM
GVT at the Nevada County Fair
Join Grass Valley Taiko for 2 performances at the Nevada County Fair! We will be performing on Opening Day, Wednesday August 10, 2016 at 10:30am and Noon on the Pine Tree Stage. Hope to see you there!
See our Event Page for more details.
Grass Valley Taiko at WorldFest
California WorldFest 2016 is happening this weekend! The Festival takes place July 14-17, 2016 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. Grass Valley Taiko will be there, will you? See our performance and workshop schedule below and visit California WorldFest for more info about the Festival.
Friday, July 15, 10:30am on the Discovery Stage
Sunday, July 17, 9:00am on the Global Village Stage
Friday, July 15, 2:00pm at Ponderosa
Saturday, July 16, 5pm at Ponderosa
See you there!
Drum reskinning project starts
First of all, we want to thank everyone who contributed to our recent crowdsourcing campaign to raise money to reskin several of our drums ahead of the upcoming California Worldfest performance next month. We are busy rehearsing for this event and at the same time we’ve started to reskin several of our drums. We’ve used the funds from the campaign to purchase all of the necessary materials to reskin the drumheads which are in the worst condition. All of the drums in our group are handmade, and many are over 10 years old. Playing on them for over a decade has taken its toll on many of the drumheads, resulting in either damage such as holes in the head, or simply a “dead head” (poor sound quality). We want to go on stage at WorldFest with the biggest “thunder” possible.
Drum skin soaks in water before start of reskinning process.
The reskinning process takes a lot of time and energy over several days to complete for each drum head. This process includes multiple soakings of the raw cowhide which is used for a taiko drum head. Following Mitzi Sensei’s experience and guidance, we employ a combination of traditional Japanese process along with the use of (some) modern tools to complete the process. The use of modern tools helps to accelerate the process and produce a more consistent result.
The skinning process takes many hands.
A taiko member tightens ropes during forming process.
Holes for the tacks are marked with a template to ensure straight and even alignment.
Every member of the group is contributing to the reskinning process and having more hands helps to make the process go faster. We also believe that everyone involved in the process contributes their spirit to the completed drum. So thank you to everyone who contributed.
Mitzi Sensei puts the first tack into our first completed drum of 2016!
There is still time to help us. If you would like to donate, please use the donate button below to contribute to our drum reskinning project, and we hope to see your smiling face in the audience at WorldFest!
GVT on Front Page of The Union!
Wow! We made the front page of The Union, Nevada County’s local newspaper! Learn more about Grass Valley Taiko and Sensei Mitzi Garnett’s path to get here, including interviews with Mitzi and a couple of other GVT members. Thank you to The Union newspaper and journalist Emily Lavin!
Grass Valley Taiko asks for community’s help to repair drums
Mitzi Garnett would hear the beat thumping through her windows every Thursday evening — bum-bum-bumbum-bum-bum.
Garnett, then in her 20s, was serving in the U.S. Marines and living in an apartment in Okinawa, Japan.
“What in the world is that?” she remembers thinking.
One day, she decided to find out. She laced up her running shoes, and took off through the streets of Okinawa, following the noise. read more…