Coming from a Javanese word meaning "mallet" or "to strike", in contemporary usage, the word “gamelan” just means "orchestra". There are many different types of gamelan in Indonesia; the music that Gamelan Semara Winangun plays comes from the island of Bali. In fact, the instruments also come from Bali; Eric Da Silva brought these instruments to Ottawa in 2002 and formed the first gamelan group in Ottawa. Today the group is run as a collective and rehearses once a week at the Indonesian Embassy.
was born in Japan and has been involved in music since childhood. Early on, she played violin and piano, but found her true calling traditional Japanese instruments. The first of these was the Japanese Drum, or "Taiko", which is played with an ensemble in a dynamic and vigorous style requiring significant physical strength. Shortly after beginning Taiko, she also began playing the bamboo flute, which often accompanies Taiko. Ryoko began learning the Tsugaru Shamisen in 2001 under the late Rinshoji Kida, who was well-known Shamisenist. Since moving to Canada in 2009, Ryoko has been playing all the traditional instruments at various venues in Montreal and Ottawa. Ryoko's goal is to continue to fulfill her lifelong dream of sharing Japanese music and culture with the world.
Kokichi (Scott) Kusano
Kokichi began his performing career at the age of 5 as a member of the Toronto Suwa Daiko a cultural association located in Toronto. He is a founding member of the renowned Nagata Shachu, a professional Taiko ensemble as a lead musician and performer in a career that lasted for nearly two decades. In 2012 Kokichi left the ensemble in order to further his exploration of Japanese music and hone his abilities as a Taiko, Shinobue and Shakuhachi artist. As an independent artist, he has performed alongside the renowned dancer/musician Kayo Yasuhara as a guest performer with her group Komachi in such events as the International Percussion Festival in Longueil (2014) and a collaboration presented by the Consulate of Japan at the Momiji Center Toronto (2014).
KUD Djerdan was founded in May of 2007 with the idea of using song and performing arts to preserve the roots of multinational Bosnian-Herzegovinian art and culture. The work began with a small number of enthusiasts of all ages who presented themselves as djerdan - a threaded necklace of different gems.
With the collaboration and volunteer support of our Bosnian community members in Ottawa, the organization has acquired folk costumes for all its members as well as a great deal of musical equipment. Through the use of folklore, drama and dance, they have united a community and preserved the customs and traditions of one country.
"We spend 9 months of our lives 6 inches away from our mother’s beating heart, the beat of the drum is in us all.”
Jody Marsolais has over 26 years of Teaching Experience and is a Vic Firth Certified Instructor/Facilitator. At the age of five, Jody’s zeal for music and performance began. Jody would attend his Mom’s performances at various events such as receptions and gatherings. Terry, his Mom, began to introduce him to various instruments. Since then, Jody has become proficient at percussion, drums, and guitar. His abilities extend to reading and writing music theory.
Quantum physics, philosophy, creative visualization and meditation resonate with Jody’s spirit. From these teachings, his desire has become rooted in the understanding that healing can be achieved through a variety of sound modalities. His holistic workshops have proven to be inspirational as the audience experiences a sense of peace and wellness through the soft sounds of crystal singing bowls and meditation.
Jody manages his private practice, The Rythym Room, teaching instrument lessons and supports the Community through volunteerism.