Celebrate Spring 2017 – Performance Schedule

Special Events Hall (Stage):
11:00 am     First Nations Blessing by Sam George
11:30 pm     Japanese Drum by Chibi Taiko
12:00 pm     Turkish Belly Dance by Yuka
12:30 pm     Japanese Dance by Satsuki-kai
1:00 pm      OUD performance by Mr. Kemal Akar
1:30 pm      Yosakoi Soran Dance by Gladstone Japanese Language School
1:40 pm      Iaido Demonatration
2:00 pm     Choir by Vancouver Turkish Choir
2:30 pm     Hula Dance by Wailele Waiwai
3:00 pm     SAZ ( Baglama) performance by Mr. Murat Kayalak
3:30 pm     Okinawa Drum by Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Artist Biographies
Yuka is a belly dancer and member of the Vancouver Turkish Folk Dances and Arts Group. Yuka has a background in classical ballet and baton twirling since childhood, and began studying belly dance in 2006 under master teachers from around the world.

Chibi Taiko was formed 1993 with the goal of passing the unique and dynamic performing art of taiko drumming on to the next generation of Asian Canadians. As the first children’s taiko ensemble in Canada, the group’s philosophy emphasizes cooperation, leadership, responsibility and spirituality in addition to the physical and musical discipline needed to build a cohesive and dynamic taiko ensemble.

Kemal Akar, OUD player Oud, a pear-shaped stringed instrument, is considered the king of all the instruments. It is well known and widely used in Middle Eastern, Turkish and Greek music.

Vancouver Turkish Choir Founded in 1960, the choir brings together singers and musicians who have a passion for Turkish music. The choir participates in and represents Turkey for many Vancouver cultural events, such as Multicultural Day, Euro Fest, and Polish and Greek Festivals. You can enjoy more of their traditional music at their annual Turkish Tunes Music Night on Saturday, April 15 at the Scottish Center.

Murat Kayalak, SAZ (Baglama) player This traditional instrument is the most popular throughout Turkey and neighbouring countries. Saz is an important part of Turkish folk music.

Satsuki-kai A Japanese folk dance group was established in May 2011 and is named after Satsuki (fifth month). Led by Yoko Matsuno (professional name Kayo Nishikawa), the group performs at diverse venues including Nikkei Home and other senior homes. The dance class is open to the public on Fridays at Nikkei Centre.

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko is the former Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko, and has performed in numerous cultural festivals, charity functions, and anniversary events for almost a decade. The group’s aim is to share Okinawan style drum-dancing and to promote Okinawan culture. The members consist of a mix of several generations which reflects a true presentation of grassroots folk art.

Wailele Waiwai is a Canadian hula dance group which has grown to 60 members since it was established 10 years ago. Their name symbolizes endless growth like a waterfall. They perform throughout the year at the Kitsilano Showboat, senior centres, and various Nikkei community events. They convey Hawaiian history and stories through their dances.