Tongva Park’s Family Saturdays continue throughout the summer, featuring a performance of ancient music of the Americas in June, the traditional Japanese art of taiko drumming in July, and August’s “Family Dance Jam”, an inter-generational movement workshop designed for all ages.
On Saturday, June 25th, from 10am – 12pm, families are invited to watch and participate in Music of the Ancient Americas with Martin Espino. Martin is one of the world’s foremost experts in this rich culture, performing for over 45 years and crafting more than 60,000 instruments stemming from the tradition. This event will include a performance by Martin, as well as a show-and-tell experience in which the audience can play the musical instruments and learn traditional stories.
On Saturday, July 23rd, from 10am — 12pm, come to Tongva Park for a demonstration and workshop of taiko drumming, one of Japan’s oldest and most revered musical traditions. Performers from the Taiko Center of L.A. will be playing traditional taiko music and sharing insights about the history and cultural significance of this ancient art. The audience will also be invited to participate in a taiko workshop and play these beautiful drums themselves, culminating in an interactive performance with both musicians and audience.
On Saturday, August 27th, from 10am – 12pm, the “Family Dance Jam” comes to Tongva Park. Featuring two 45 minute sets, the “Family Dance Jam” is an inter-generational movement workshop designed for people of all ages, incorporating both open play and directed experience, ensuring that each participant and family gets their own unique dance party. Sadubas, a DJ duo that combines recorded music with live drums, will provide the soundtrack, and the “Family Dance Jam” team of dancers will be there to help create an environment of fun and creativity. This is an event that is guaranteed to provide a good time for all family members, both big and small.
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10am –12pm – Music of the Ancient Americas
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 10am –12pm – Japanese taiko drumming
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10am and 11 am – Family Dance Jam
Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
This event is free and open to the public.