Wellesley Aiko Presents: ZENITH

Aiko is proud to present our 2017 spring show: ZENITH!

Come join us at Jewett Auditorium on Saturday, April 8th at 7:00pm for a night filled with taiko, food, and fun! Wellesley Wushu will also be featured as a guest act–don’t miss it!

We hope to see you there!

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Yuki Matsuri and ECTC 2017!

This semester, Aiko had the privilege of performing as a guest act at Wellesley Japan Club’s annual Yuki Matsuri! We were so glad to have Japan Club host us at such a fun and exciting event–which ended up bringing over 600 people to Tishman Commons! Thank you to everyone who helped support Aiko and Japan Club at this year’s event. We had so much fun playing Ryujin Daiko and Kenka Yatai for such a big crowd! We hope to be back again at next year’s Yuki Matsuri!

A few members of Aiko also had the amazing opportunity to participate in this year’s East Coast Taiko Conference (ECTC). We were able to meet so many other collegiate groups, as well as so many influential people in the taiko community. Not only did we learn so much, but we also made so many new friends and connections. We were so honored to be able to participate in such a wonderful event, and we hope to come to next year’s ECTC to jam out more with the greater taiko community!

 

Tookies at Slater 2016!

On October 28th, our new generation of tookies made their Aiko debut at the 2016 Slater Culture Show! They performed Kiyohime, a song they’ve been working hard to perfect for the last few weeks. They had a wonderful performance, and we’re so happy to officially welcome them into the Aiko family!

Older Aiko members also performed Yagi Bushi at Freestyle’s Spotlight event Friday, November 4th. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us!

We also held another workshop with renowned taiko player Mark H. Rooney, which took place November 5th. We were very excited to welcome Mark back to Wellesley. For three hours, we learned many valuable taiko tips–and we had a lot of fun! 

Our first bonding event of the semester will also take place soon! We are planning to hold a cobbler party this Friday, November 11th. Tookies and older members will get a chance to bond over one of the best things on the planet–cobbler!

Check back for more Aiko news later in the semester!

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Our lovely tookies at Slater 2016!

SOC, Tamagawa Taiko, and our upcoming spring show

We’ve been super busy this semester! Currently, we are preparing for our upcoming spring show which is on April 30th, at 7pm in Jewett Auditorium. Be sure to look out for spam and our show teaser in the next week or two!

We have also been guest performing at many other on-campus events, such as TCO Nightmarket, the Wushu show, and the Blue Notes charity concert! Last Monday, we had the opportunity to perform at Live at the Lulu during Spring Open Campus. We were so excited to perform for the class of 2020 prospies, and it was so much fun introducing taiko to them for the first time; their energy was amazing! We also set up a table at the SOC org fair and encouraged many prospies to consider joining Aiko for the next fall.

On April 9th, the Tamagawa University Taiko and Dance Group visited Wellesley as a part of their annual US tour. We had the exciting opportunity to eat lunch with them (they have ~40 members!) to share our love for taiko and Japanese culture. Many of our members stuck around to watch the Tamagawa group’s wonderful taiko and dance performances. They put on such a fabulous show for the college that we’ll never forget. Their taiko performance definitely gave us inspiration for our upcoming show and improve our playing!

In addition to our show on April 30th, we have two other upcoming performances. We will be performing at PlazaPalooza at the Davis Plaza on April 17 at 7pm. We will also be guest performing at Yanvalou’s spring show on April 23 at 7pm in Jewett.

We are so glad to have such an eventful and memorable semester so far, and will be working hard to put on a great show in a few weeks. Hope to see you there!

Yuki Matsuri, Ice Skating, & Upcoming Performances!

This past week, we performed at Japan Club’s annual Yuki Matsuri! Our members had a blast enjoying the wonderful festivities and performing Ryujin Daiko and Yagi Bushi for hundreds of students and off-campus guests. Thanks to everybody who braved the freezing cold to celebrate with us, and thanks to JC for inviting us to perform!

We also had our annual ice skating outing at the Boston Common Frog Pond! Every year, we have veteran skaters that glide through the ice (so talented!) and beginner skaters that learn the ropes of skating with the help of other members. After a productive skating session, we all headed to the food court for a quick dinner. Later in the evening, we reconvened and enjoyed a (2nd!) dinner from Lemon Thai, and did homework in the joy of each other’s company.

Mark your calendars – we have another upcoming performance at TCO’s Nightmarket on Friday, March 4th in Tishman Commons at 9pm. Hope to see you there!

A New Semester

With the beginning of the new spring semester at Wellesley, practices started again after a month long winter break! After weeks of not touching a taiko drum, plenty of members certainly felt sore after two hours of hitting exercises and song reviews on Wednesday. Spring semester is always exciting for Aiko because we put in hard work to prepare for our show in April! The tookies are continuing to learn Kenka Yatai and are beginning to learn Yatai Bayashi, while older members are working on technique and building endurance for Miyake.

In other news, Aiko has an upcoming performance! We will be performing two pieces at Japan Club’s Yuki Matsuri on February 13th, at 5pm. Don’t miss us, and check back for more updates about future performances and events!

Open Practice, Bonding, and Upcoming Performances!

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On September 9th, we held our first open practice of the semester and we had the greatest turnout that we ever had! Everybody who attended had the opportunity to learn the basics of stance, hitting techniques, and rhythm. 12 new tookies (taiko rookies) joined our taiko family and they have been working hard for the past two months by polishing their playing form, and of course, preparing for their very first performance at the upcoming Slater Culture Show. Since September, the tookies have been practicing and learning the song “Kiyohime”, and we are so excited to see all that hard work pay off at Slater!

Since our team has grown so much this year, we held our first bonding night on October 30th! Both older members and tookies bonded over Big Hero 6, Howl’s Moving Castle, Cards Against Humanity, and tons of snacks. Everybody had a blast and our community feels stronger than ever!

Aiko has two performances coming up this week! We will be performing at Wellesley Freestyle’s Spotlight showcase at 7PM in Tishman Commons this Thursday, November 5th. See the tookies in action for their first performance at the annual Slater Culture Show at 7PM in Alumnae Hall this Friday, November 6th.

We look forward to seeing you there!