Chibi Taiko CD

cd-cover.jpgChibi Taiko Composed by Shinobu Homma in 1993 (Socan)
Chibi Taiko was composed as Chibi’s first original piece. Over the years, the piece has evolved to suit and challenge the skills of the members. This latest arrangement showcases the abilities of the senior members. Based on the typical format of traditional Japanese taiko pieces, it conveys the joy and the dynamics of taiko drumming as a performing art.

Nezumi no Asobi Composed by Shinobu Homma and Chibi Taiko in 2003 (Socan)
The composition was conceived in 2001 over several composition sessions and took three years of time and effort and two generations of players to complete. The arrangement exhibits the group’s versatility, combining music with theatrical elements to illustrate the popular Japanese children’s story of mischievous mice at play.

Musubi Originally composed by Rick Shiomi and arranged by Wasabi Daiko in 1986
This composition for a small ensemble was originally played by Toronto’s Wasabi Daiko, founded in 1985 by Shinobu Homma and three other members. Musubi means ‘rice ball’ in Japanese and the piece depends on the individual skills and talents of each player. Three different types of taiko are set in a triangular formation and contribute different textures and dynamics, creating a very exciting and dynamic piece of music. It is reminiscent of a Musubi—a Japanese treat that is made up of many grains of rice sticking together.

Protractor Originally composed by Leslie Komori for Wasabi Daiko, and arranged by Shinobu Homma in 1987 (Socan)
The name derives from the fact that the positioning of the three jozuke taikos in the centre needed a protractor. This is jazzy and exciting high-energy Taiko music that exhibits the versatility of the various players.

Freedom Taiko Dance Composed by Shinobu Homma in 1982 (Socan)
Originally composed for Katari Taiko, the piece consists of four movements following a pattern in Chinese poetry called ki,sho,ten and ketsu. The first two movements convey a static feeling, which develops into the main theme and free form improvisation in the third. The piece is inspired by Gojinjo Taiko in Japan and a jazz composition called Freedom Jazz Dance by the European Rhythm Machine. It involves choreographed movement and interaction between players to create a dynamic and moving Taiko piece.

Note
In celebrating the group’s 10th anniversary, this CD was produced to acknowledge the dedication and the commitment of the senior members to this dynamic and unique performing art. The recording was completed in a single day with the generous help of Brian Matsuo, Andrew Ries and David Griffiths. It took us seven hours of hard work and 12 bento boxes.

Names of players
Brandon Riley, Jordy Riley, Curtis Tong, Maya Tong, Kayo Homma-Komori, Becky Jang, Jennifer Jang, Kiyo Kadota and Shinobu Homma (Artistic Director). Caitlin Ohama and Masa Endo, who made major contributions prior to the studio work, were not able to participate in the recording.

Recorded in the BCIT Broadcasting Studio on July 17, 2004
Recorded by Brian Matsuo, Andrew Ries and David Griffiths
Edited and mastered by Andrew Ries
Cover graphics and texts layout by Shinobu Homma and John Endo Greenaway (www.bigwavedesign.net)
Photos by John Endo Greenaway and Jem Capili

For more information, or to order,
please contact Chibi Taiko
c/o 536 East 21st Street
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7L 3C3
lkomori@telus.net.