If you’re interested in seeing what was covered at the Concert and Stage Management Workshop at Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational 2016 – please feel free to download the slides here.
There were a few key lessons I tried to convey in this workshop.
- Always keep in mind why we’re organizing the concert in the first place.
- Create concrete, tangible goals for yourself.
- Plan way ahead.
John Mayer gave a lecture at Berklee College of Music, and one of the things I remember is how he talked about was setting concrete goals for yourself. He was speaking more on a macro scale, in relation to a musician’s career – but the same logic applies to the smaller steps, such as organizing a concert for your taiko group.
An Interesting Question
An interesting question that came up during the workshop was in relation to dealing with accidents on stage. “What if something terrible happens on stage during the performance? What do I do?”
Tiffany Tamaribuchi, who happened to be in the room, gave an excellent response, which I think boils down to one core concept: set as many safety nets as possible.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Instead of thinking about what to do after the fact, we want to be thinking about how to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Here’s how:
- Have we been practicing in a manner that simulates performance situations?
- Are members watching out for each other, or are we too focused on just ourselves?
- Did we have rehearsals, dress rehearsals, tech, etc. where we have an opportunity to fix problems?
- Did we prepare for possible accidents? For example, did we set spare bachi in case someone were to drop or break one during the performance?
The more safety nets you can place to catch potential problems, the more opportunities you will have to fix them. If you can work them into your group’s routine, it becomes the ounce of prevention that we’re looking for.
Hope this helps – please feel free to comment or send me an e-mail if you have any questions!