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Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles

Randi Plake writes in:

Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming. The Korean Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Jin Hi Kim, plays a variety of mesmerizing rhythmic patterns from the samulnori repertoire. Several dynamic and exciting styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary sounds from each culture.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

WesTaiko Concert


Hannah Vogel ’13 is spreading the word about the semester’s most anticipated Japanese Taiko drumming event:

We’re sensei-tional.

“Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Taiko students under the direction of Kaoru Watanabe perform the thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming. Several dynamic styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary Taiko repertoire.”


Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Crowell
Cost: $2
Facebook Event

THESISCRAZY: Over and Out (For the Class of 2013, At Least)

Rejected post title: “P-Safe Writes Up Every Thesis-Writer for Open-Container Violation on Steps of Olin”

Though it is unknown just how many seniors were up finishing their theses late Thursday night, or still finishing them yesterday, once the clock struck 4:00 p.m., everyone was done—we hope— and as per tradition, another class of thesis writers gathered on the steps of Olin to celebrate. The downpour posed no hindrance to the celebrators, as they only added to the wintry wetness by popping a myriad of champagne bottles. The writers were joined by an ensemble of Taiko drummers, who, using plastic topped garbage cans, pounded away, providing an appropriate accompaniment to this journey’s end. Smiles, hugs, and bellows of joys were abound, and there were even a couple of tears. They’re done with their theses, but not with Wesleyan, and this tradition seems the ample way to lead them to that end, as the Class of 2013 moves into its final month here.

Also of note was a concurrent bridal procession, who also happened to be taking photos at Olin on this particularly rainy day. Shout-out to the bride and groom, who found more celebration on campus than they probably expected.

Previous THESISCRAZY coverage here. Full photo gallery past the jump. It’s your turn now, 2014.

Welcome Home Kirtan

Stomp for Miriam Kudler-Flam ’15:

Chanting, singing, feet stomping, pots and pans drumming, humming, shouting, bumping, jumping kirtan joy. Come one come all and bring yo friends!

Traditionally, kirtan is a form of call and response chanting that originated in India. We sing traditional chants but also pretty much anything/everything else.

This semester, we’ll be gathering every Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Date: Tomorrow, January 30
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Place: BuHo, Meditation Room
Cost: Free

ReTribe Spiritual Retreat Info Session

From Lily Martin ’14:

Don’t know what to do during your loooong winter break? Come join other young adults at Retribe’s Rite of Passage Retreat this Jan 2-7. It will be a week of transformations, including workshops in Trance Dance, Breathwork, Mindfulness, Yoga, Nature Immersion, Drumming, Art etc.

Come hear more about it and get your questions answered by Julia Martin, the founder of ReTribe, at a brief info session with tea and cookies) this Saturday in Farmhouse at 2:00.

Date: Sunday, November 18
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Place: Farm House
Cost: Free

Middletown Eye Covers WesTaiko Drumming

From the Middletown Eye blog comes some highly complimentary coverage and video of this weekend’s “thunderous and exhilarating” WesTaiko Japanese Drumming concert, which took place in the CFA’s World Music Hall. Tickets sold out quickly in advance, but Eye reporters weren’t deterred:

We didn’t go far, just around to the side of the building where we perched on a wall with a bunch of other onlookers, and got a glimpse through the plate glass. This perspective visually turned out to be rather interesting as we got a good side view of the drummers’ arms pumping up and down like machinery. We couldn’t get anyone inside to acknowledge our pleas to raise the horizontal slat blinds up, and the sound was muted compared to inside the theater, but it was still plenty visible and audible, even thunderous as promised.

Oh, but they like us, they really like us:

The weather was very pleasant so it was actually nice to enjoy the show from outside, but next year I will be sure to get my tickets in advance. I am always awed by the vast quantity and quality of talent and entertainment that Wesleyan brings to Middletown and makes available to the public at reasonable prices.

Awww. Much love @ you too, Middletown Eye—thnx fr the cvrage, and all-around thorough reporting. Here’s some side-view video footage

[Middletown Eye]