2020 Tour

2020 Tour

North America tour of composition residencies, taiko teaching, and performances.

Supported by the Arugakki Collaborator Fund, Asano Taiko US, and Taiko Community Alliance.

Materials generated by this tour (all available under copyleft licenses)

(as of Mar 3 2020)
Jan 9 Las Vegas NV - Performance at Baobab Stage
Jan 10 Las Vegas NV - "Chiaida" Workshop for Kaminari Taiko
Jan 11-18  Moab UT - Residency with Moab Taiko Dan
Jan 19-23  Denver CO
- Residency with Denver Taiko
- "Move" Workshop for Taiko Society
Jan 24  Lincoln NE - "Small-Drum" Workshop for Kokyo Taiko
Jan 25-26  St Louis MO - "Song Feedback" Workshop for Osuwa Daiko
Jan 27-28  Columbus OH
Jan 29  Timonium MD
Jan 30-31  Wilmonton DE
Feb 1  New Jersey
Feb 2-20  Manhattan NY
Feb 21-23  Storrs CT
- "Jack Bazaar" Workshop for ECTC
- "Naname Improv" Workshop for ECTC
- "Move" Workshop for ECTC
Feb 24-29  Stony Brook NY
- "Naname Extended Technique" Workshop for Taiko Tides
- Residency with Taiko Tides
Mar 1-9  Boston MA - "Karc" Workshop for O.N.E.
Mar 10-17  Montreal QC - Residency for Arashi Daiko


Mar 18-19  Toronto ON  CANCELLED
Mar 20  Detroit  CANCELLED
Mar 21  Chicago IL  CANCELLED
Mar 22-23  St. Paul MN  CANCELLED
Mar 24  Rapid City WY  CANCELLED
Mar 25  Bozeman MT  CANCELLED
Mar 26  Whitefish MT  CANCELLED
Mar 29-Apr 4  Calgary AB  CANCELLED
Apr 6-12  Vancouver BC  CANCELLED
Apr 13-19  Seattle WA  CANCELLED
Apr 20-May 1  Portland OR  CANCELLED
May 2  Ashland OR / Sacramento CA  CANCELLED
May 3-9  Stanford CA  CANCELLED
May 10-17  Turlock CA  CANCELLED
May 22-23  San Diego CA  CANCELLED 

"Three recent influences have profoundly changed my taiko playing and increased my enjoyment of drumming: playing to music, extended naname technique, and movement theory from the dance world.  In early 2020, I'm sharing these influences with taiko players in a teaching and composition residency tour with dancer Minh Nguyen.  In addition to teaching one-time workshops and two-day intensives, we'll do one-week residencies with a number of the ensembles, writing rhythms, choreography, and electronic music for the ensembles inspired by sounds and gestures discovered on tour."  - Kris Bergstrom

"I met Kris in Albuquerque where he was one of five choreographers-in-residence at the Keshet Makers' Space Experience.  He is taking dance movement and choreography concepts and applying them to taiko movement, particularly in his new choreography for slant-drum taiko.  I, in turn, am taking rhythm concepts from taiko and applying them to dance.  In the 2020 tour I'll be teaching movement and providing feedback in Kris' workshops and he'll be playing music and teaching rhythm in mine." - Minh Nguyen