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 to be generated by this tour (all available under copyleft licenses)

  • Naname movements and electronic backing tracks (see tour-date links below)
  • Composing for Taiko essay
  • Taiko notation/kuchishoga blog post
  • updated Thoughts on Practice essay
  • The Drum / Dance Spectrum blog post
  • Scaffolding teaching technique blog post
  • Touring By Electric Vehicle presentation

(as of Jan 25 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 - Residency with Taiko Tides
Mar 1-9  Boston MA - Workshop for O.N.E.
Mar 10-17  Montreal QC - Residency for Arashi Daiko
Mar 18-19  Toronto ON
Mar 20  Detroit
Mar 21  Chicago IL
Mar 22-23  St. Paul MN
Mar 24  Rapid City WY
Mar 25  Bozeman MT
Mar 26  Whitefish MT
Mar 29-Apr 4  Calgary AB 
Apr 6-12  Vancouver BC
Apr 13-19  Seattle WA
Apr 20-May 1  Portland OR
May 2  Ashland OR / Sacramento CA
May 3-9  Stanford CA
May 10-17  Turlock CA
May 22-23  San Diego CA

"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