Performance at 2010 Michigan Japan Quiz Bowl (University of Michigan)
Last weekend was pretty busy for Raion Taiko. We had two performances on Saturday and a rehearsal all afternoon on Sunday.
First we had a short, but exciting performance in one of the large lecture halls in the Modern Languages building on the campus of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This was a short entertainment break for students from all over Michigan who had traveled to participate in the Michigan Japan Quiz Bowl competition. We performed a 15 minute set right before the final rounds. It was a quick performance, but when your audience is packed full of teenagers excited about all things Japan, you can't help but feed off their energy. We really enjoyed performing for them.
After the Japan Quiz Bowl performance, we quickly packed up our drums, loaded them back into the cars and headed over a few blocks to East Hall for the U of M Japan Student Association's spring festival. There we had 30 minutes to play, so we added a couple extra songs. It was kind of a cool place to play. We performed in an atrium with a high ceiling. Here, as well, the audience was filled with guests who were interested in and enthusiastic about Japan. Even some of the teachers and students from the quiz bowl made their way over to watch our performance. We enjoyed playing for the guests here as well, although we hope we didn't bother the tea ceremony demonstration too much. (The serenity of the tea Ceremony and the high energy of taiko do not necessarily go together that well.)
These shows were quite different from the large production we put on last month in Marshall. The show in Marshall was definitely enjoyable, but there was quite a lot of pressure and stress in putting it altogether. The large productions are really fulfilling when you see it all come together, but these short performances are also enjoyable.
Still, if you missed our performance in Marshall last month, I finally have gotten around to getting some videos of it up on YouTube. (Thanks largely to the efforts of Tom, one of Raion Taiko's members)
Here are two selections from that performance. Enjoy them and if you like them, don't forget to rate them and leave a comment if you like.
Here is our version of Yatai Bayashi
and our Encore of Kaga Mushi Okuri
More should follow in the not too distant future.