NewMusicBox Taiko

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NewMusicBox has published an article I wrote about the 2011 North American Taiko Conference at Stanford University. Along with a conference overview and a brief history of kumi-daiko, I focus on new music created for taiko.

Here's an excerpt:
Two quotes that continue to resonate with me are “innovation is tradition” spoken by numerous people throughout the conference, and “work is both a verb and a noun” spoken by Stephen Sano, professor and chair of the department of music at Stanford University. Considering work as both a process and a product, as a way for new music to continually rearrange for multiple performance contexts, provides a sustainable approach that the taiko community, even though nascent, offers to musical groups in America and beyond.
Check out the article at NewMusicBox.
Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation, music for a changing world. He teaches in Performing Arts & Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.

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