Awa Odori unplugged

Today’s workshop on Awa Odori in preparation for Matsuri on Feb 26-27 was quite a success. We proved that we can play well enough to support the Tokushima-ren dancers from LA coming to perform and to participate in the opening parade. The shime and chan-chiki players need to be rock steady and light and driving to keep the dancers going. The odaiko players have a bit of a challenge in that the melody played on the fue does not fit into 4/4 time. There is one extra beat between verses and you need to pay attention to the fue to catch where to reply. But great fun! I am torn between dancing and playing, but I think we need the extra drummer.

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