featuring Burlington Taiko
and “A Taste of Japan”
Friday, July 8, 2016
The “Taste of Japan” begins at 6 PM,
the concert begins at 7 PM
Outside at the Steven A Bean Municipal Airport
Please bring your own seating; in case of rain, the event will be inside the hangar.
Burlington Taiko will perform at the Steven A Bean Municipal Airport offering a sextet Akatsuki performance. After the performance, concert goers will enjoy “A Taste of Japan” – delicious hors d’oeuvres and snacks with a Japanese flavor.
Since 1987, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko.
Burlington Taiko Group estimates it has introduced over half a million people to the power of taiko via public performances including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington’s First Night, the Joseph Campbell – Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances.
The group has been honored 3 times by the International Taiko community having been selected as a feature performer at the 2008 40th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco, the 1999 North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles, and the 1998 30th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco.
“Their rhythms recall that ancient time when drums spoke magic.”
Admission: $15 for Adults; $10 for Students 18 and under. No backpacks, coolers, food or drink will be allowed in. Please bring your own chairs/seating. Buy tickets for this event HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door: cash or check only.
Burlington Taiko Members Bios:
STUART PATON: Stuart Paton, Founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko spent most of his childhood in Japan, from age nine months through eighteen years. His earliest exposure to taiko included a first-grade fascination with the drums at an Obon celebration in Tokyo, and learning “Matsuri Daiko” from the composer of the score for his high school drama production. His formal study of taiko began in 1984 during a summer apprenticeship with Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the founder of the first taiko group in North America (San Francisco Taiko Dojo), and he founded the Burlington Taiko Group in 1986 not long after settling in Vermont. Paton Sensei has established an artistic style for Burlington Taiko that combines movement, rhythm, voice, and the efficient and graceful movement of chi, or “energy,” from the player to the drum. His affection for the group dynamic of taiko is evident both when he performs at the most advanced level, and when he instructs the most novice players.
HARRY GRABENSTEIN: Harry Grabenstein grew up in South Philadelphia where he spent eight teenage summers in the drum and bugle corp developing his ear and movement memory. He came to Vermont in 1973, and was a teacher and a member of the Main Street DanceTheater and Ketch Dance Company through the 80’s. He began practicing with Burlington Taiko Group in 1989 under Stuart Paton and like most of BTG, has “come up through the system”, though he has also taken workshops with Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and Kenny Endo Sensei. Harry has been the unofficial rehearsal coach for BTG since the mid-90’s and official senpai or “senior member” since 2000. In his life outside of BTG, he makes bows for stringed instruments and is married to the lovely Fran Stoddard.
FRAN STODDARD: Fran Stoddard is a communications consultant and media producer. She has served as producer and/or host of a number of Vermont PBS and VPR programs and as an associate professor of communications at Champlain College. Her current favorite client is the Orton Family Foundation, helping small cities and towns become more resilient, stronger communities. Burlington Taiko provides her with an inspiring practice that is focused and energizing. She has been a BTG member for 20 years or so, sharing the fun with her beloved husband Harry Grabenstein.
CHRIS PALERMINO: Chris Palermino – began practicing taiko in 1991 as a student of Sensei Tanaka and The San Francisco Taiko Dojo. He relocated to the east coast to attend nursing school in 1995. Moved to Burlington in 1999 to work as a nurse at Fletcher Allen. Resumed practicing taiko at that time with BTG. Loves taiko because it creates an opportunity to share and exchange energy with the other players and the audience in a powerfully visceral way and it has the power to heal the mind, body and soul.
ANDREA SZEWKO: Andrea Szewko -The first time Andrea saw Taiko she was awe-struck and knew it was something she wanted to try. In 2004, with inspiration from her grandfather, Andrea began taking classes with Burlington Taiko. Since then she has been dedicated to improving her skills and finds it an honor to be part of this fantastic group of performers. Andrea works full-time for a non-profit company and shares time with her fantastic husband and dog.
NOAH PATULLO: Noah Patullo is a freshman studying Computer Science at UVM. He’s a self-described computer geek and loves anything tech-related. He wants to pursue a career in web design or programming. His father is a former member of BTG and Noah followed in his footsteps starting to drum at age 8. He enjoys the Japanese cultural experience and etiquette which comes along with Taiko. He is loves learning about the drum-making process and has helped when the group needs to repair drums. He loves movies especially comedy or action & is always game for a good mystery.