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San Jose Taiko's Rhythm Spirit, This Weekend!


Art, culture and community. These are a few of the driving principles behind San Jose Taiko's entire operation. An eager returning partner of the ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose Taiko will be putting on their annual Rhythm Spirit Concert this weekend with a new twist, making the entire concert an exploration of how Taiko and technology can work together to create a completely unique experience.


For those unfamiliar with taiko I will provide some background. Taiko is the Japanese word for drum and often, refers specifically to Japanese drums made from animal hide and wood. In North America the word commonly describes the art of Japanese Ensemble drumming. Through teamwork and a lot of energy, performers create a song by playing these large drums in a way that is both visually and aurally stimulating. Today, there are over 200 groups in North America alone. Of those, San Jose Taiko has the distinction of being the third, founded in 1973. The art form is relatively young and constantly being pushed in new directions.


How I spent day FOUR of the Biennial's opening weekend!

Saturday was nice and relaxing.  Though quieter than the previous night’s festivities, many (e)MERGE artists stayed in the streets for the second day of celebration for these emerging artistic talents.  Here are some of the things I saw:

My highlights from day THREE!

The third day of the Biennial saw more awesome garage action. More events and the opening of the long anticipated (e)MERGE street festival!  Here are some things I saw:

Video, Dance, and Music Speak for Astrophysics

What do you get when you combine a team of dancers, musicians, a software developer, a filmmaker, and an astrophysicist?

You get a multimedia, multi-layered, multi disciplinary event in the deliberate span of three minutes and forty-five seconds.

The concerted performance of Three Bodies is a demonstration of three celestial masses traveling in the speed and scale of human gesture. I interviewed Drew Detweiler, who studied in the Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) program at UC Santa Cruz and who engineered the video projection component of Three Bodies.

I asked him why it should take dancers and other artists to explain a scientific concept. He plots the points on a piece of paper, and soon it becomes apparent to me that he’s illustrating a triangle of proportions 3-4-5, a simple shape used in applying the Pythagorean theorem in trigonometry. The efforts become increasingly deliberate as he explains further:

My second-day highlights of the Biennial

Today the biennial picked up right where it left off the VIP Preview on Wednesday. The Garage was open and there were a lot of things going on: