“The event is not only a celebration of Japanese drumming and tasty Asian eats, it is also a fundraiser to support Moab Taiko Dan’s quest for a practice space of their own,” the group said in a news release. “Moab Taiko Dan is also thrilled to present their Sensei, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, winner of the 2002 OTAIKO Hibike All Japan Odaiko Contest, founder of three active taiko groups, and internationally-renowned teacher and performer.”
A Japanese “Matsuri,” which in traditional times was a Shinto ceremony, now refers to the thousands of colorful festivals that blossom in Japan and beyond each year. The Matsuri in Moab will feature “a festival of food” as well as an evening of Japanese drumming, organizers said.
The Moab Natsu Matsuri will feature Taiko drumming performed on large Japanese-style drums. The music lineup includes Moab Taiko Dan, BEACON program graduates, local favorites Kevin and Nancy Fitzgerald, and master drummer Tiffany Tamaribuchi. Song selections range from the newest piece in Moab Taiko Dan’s repertoire, “Joy Bubble,” to traditional taiko numbers. Interested audience members will also have a chance to try drumming during the event.
Moab Taiko Dan (‘Dan,’ pronounced ‘don,’ means community in Japanese) has been drumming in the Moab area since 1994. The group spurs on participants in the Moab Half Marathon and Thelma and Louise races with roadside performances, plays for charity events such as the local Relay for Life, and entertains at the Moab Farmers’ Market, the annual Moab Arts Festival and other local events.
“At the heart of it, Moab Taiko Dan needs help to realize the dream of a stable practice space, or dojo. And what better way to fundraise than holding a summer celebration? Over more than two decades of drumming, Moab Taiko Dan has practiced in backyards, the high school band room, the basement of the Center Street Gym, and the old senior center, among other temporary homes,” the group said. “Currently, Moab Taiko Dan is grateful for space after hours at the middle school, but continues to hunt for a more permanent solution. [We] need storage for dozens of drums, a high enough ceiling to swing bachi (drum sticks) around, and a location without noise-sensitive neighbors.
The group has started a fundraising site online at: https://www.gofundme.com/mtddojo.