Throughout the 2022 season, taiko instructor Mac Evans will lead a weekly series of free repertoire-learning workshops. Develop your Taiko skills with Mac in the shadow of Shofuso’s historic 17th century architecture while enjoying the serenity and beauty of Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park.
This weekly event will start at 1:30pm each Saturday (with the exception of: April 9th, May 14th, October 1st). All are welcomed to sign up online or walk up in person, although there is a 12 person capacity due to instrument limitations.
Wear clothing that is comfortable to move around in and appropriate for outdoor weather. Jewelry such as rings, dangling necklaces and earrings are discouraged (for safety’s sake). Drums and bachi (drumsticks) will be provided, and no previous experience is required.
Mac Evans is an East-Coast based taiko artist.
He has been playing in groups for over 15 years from Maine, Boston, and New York before landing in Philadelphia. From his experience performing in different ensembles and from instruction he’s received from multiple teachers he has developed a way of playing taiko that focuses on the mechanics of getting a good sound from the drum. Mac’s goal is to pay homage to both the blue collar workers who play at festivals as well as the artists who have popularized taiko for its flashiness.