Join us: Taiko-extravaganza this week

Hello friends,

This is going to be a busy week, we hope you can join us for one or more of our events! Most workshops will be held at Claremont’s CSB Community Center (membership is not required). You won’t want to miss the final celebration with a recital by residency attendees and ending with a special performance by Burlington Taiko Group! Click HERE for details about the performance.

Taiko Workshops:


Starting Tuesday: Evening Taiko (6:30PM) Click HERE for details

Starting Wednesday: After School Taiko (3:15PM) Click HERE for details

Saturday: Japanese Art and Taiko Workshop (10AM) Click HERE for details)

Contact to reserve a spot – space is limited!

Instruments for Inspiration Update

PanpipesWe have many more exciting announcements to make in the coming months, but for now we have a special request to make of you:

There are local children in need of instruments, can you help out? We are looking for 2 trumpets, and 1 alto saxophone at least, and they are needed immediately.

Last year we were awarded a large 1- time grant to start this program, and managed to fulfill all instruments requested. This year there is much less money to buy instruments, and the student requests are coming in. Nearly all of the instruments we acquired last year have been given out to students in need. We need your help to keep offering the priceless opportunities that music give.

If you have an instrument to donate, or would like to make a monetary donation to help purchase these instruments, please contact We can also accept donations through paypal HERE.

Thank you for your continued support, we hope to see you this week at our events to celebrate the good that you help to make possible for our youth and community.

Join us for Taiko Thursday at the Claremont Farmers’ Market!

IMAG0770smOn Thursday, September 5th, the Burlington Taiko Group will be performing and leading a free workshop at the Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market from 4-7pm at Broad St Park, as part of the First Thursdays Music Series. This event, a big hit last year, is provided by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts ( and in collaboration with the Claremont Farmers’ Market Association and Claremont Parks and Recreation. This program is made possible in part through a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts ( All ages are welcome to participate. Throughout the afternoon there will be taiko (Japanese drumming) performances by Stuart Paton, founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko, and another member of the group. In between those performances will be workshops allowing passersby to grab some taiko sticks and join in the drumming. There is no cost for this program, but those wishing to help support the program can make a donation at the event. In the event of rain, please check or for rain location and times.

Later in the fall a five-day residency by Burlington Taiko will be offered in-school and after school to youth in the community. Students from the greater Claremont region will participate, and the residency ends with a hugely popular outdoor performance by the participants. Students will learn and perform a piece of taiko music, and will have the opportunity to see a performance by a five-piece Burlington Taiko Group ensemble.

What is taiko? “Taiko” means “drum” in Japanese, and can be any kind of drum. Outside of Japan, when we talk about taiko we are referring to the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming. This type of drumming includes not just rhythm, but also other movements, and can be a very physical activity. For more information on this program, or to sign up to participate, please contact

Since 1987, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Burlington Taiko Group estimates it has introduced over half a million people to the power of taiko via public performances including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington’s First Night, the Joseph Campbell – Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances. Stuart Paton, Founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko, spent most of his childhood in Japan, from age nine months through eighteen years. His earliest exposure to taiko included a first-grade fascination with the drums at an Obon celebration in Tokyo, and learning “Matsuri Daiko” from the composer of the score for his high school drama production. His formal study of taiko began in 1984 during a summer apprenticeship with Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the founder of the first taiko group in North America (San Francisco Taiko Dojo), and he founded the Burlington Taiko Group in 1986 not long after settling in Vermont.

The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts began in 2008 as the Summer Concert Series at Union Church. Since then the organization has expanded to include not only music, but also other arts, among them visual and culinary arts. WCCMA’s mission is to bring professional music and arts experiences, diverse musicians, and educational opportunity to the underserved and low-income community of Claremont, NH and the wider region. They are committed to offering performances and workshops without charge, enabling everyone in the community to access the arts and their benefits. This year the WCCMA and the Claremont Farmers’ Market Association teamed up to provide special music at the First Thursdays Music Series. The Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market is open weekly from 4-7pm through September at Broad St Park. The Market boasts a rotation of nearly 30 vendors overall (usually 15 – 20 per week), meaning you can see something new each week alongside your favorite regular vendors. Stop by for produce, prepared food, baked goods, honey, beef, soap, jewelry, sewn goods, and more!

Saturday Concert and Dinner: Olmsted Emsemble

Don’t miss out on the final Summer Concert of 2013, and our special Summer BBQ Dinner. See concert info below. The dinner will be following the concert, and tickets at $7/adults, $4 for children under 12. The meal will be serve buffet style and will include: Sausage, Shredded BBQ Chicken, Green and pasta salads, homemade hummus, and a selection of delicious desserts.

Final concert of the 2013 Summer Concert Series:

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The Olmsted Ensemble

European and American Masters: Music by Mozart, Arriaga, and Charles Hommann
Peter H. Bloom, flute; Brian Clague, violin;
Jennifer Shallenberger, viola; Timothy Roberts, cello

Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH 03743
Donations welcome.

This performance by the Acclaimed Olmsted Ensemble will include the dramatic, rarely-heard Quartet in D Minor by American composer Charles Hommann (1803-1872?); Quartet No. 1 in D Minor by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806-1826), a Spanish violinist and composer whose precocious career was cut short when he died at age 19; and Mozart’s beloved D Major Quartet (K. 285), one of the masterworks of the literature.

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts

Harper Angela Biggs teaches the beginner harp workshop.
Harper Angela Biggs teaches the beginner harp workshop.

Beginner Harp Workshop
August 28th, 2013
7pm and 7:45pm(2 Sessions)
To register:
Join us for an opportunity to try out the harp, participate in a group lesson, and discover just how fun and easy it can be. Instructor Angela Biggs (soprano and harper) performs and teaches in Claremont and the wider area. In this class you will be able to get a basic introduction, as well as having the option of continuing on through private instruction, or with group workshops through WCCMA.

RSVPs are required by August 26th, space is limited, but additional sessions will be added if demand is sufficient. Email (prefered) or ph. 802.738.0022. If you have done a beginner workshop in the past, let us know, and we’ll do our best to put you in the next step up group. Admission is by donation. For more info:

If you are unable to attend this workshop, but would be interested in attending on another date, please also let us know!

Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko Group leads a workshop at the Claremont Farmers' and Artisans' Market in September.
Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko Group leads a workshop at the Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market in September 2013.

First Thursdays Music Series: Burlington Taiko
September 5th, 4:00 – 7:00pm
Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market
Broad St Park, Claremont

Performance and free workshop of Japanese Taiko Drumming – this event was hugely popular last year! Stay tuned for the schedule for the day so you can plan your shopping at the market. This program is provided by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, and made possible in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Claremont Parks and Recreations, and the Claremont Farmers’ Market Association.