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Taiko Drumming

Last evening at the Music Garden was a performance by the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble, a taiko drum and music group, and they completely rocked the place! I've never seen the Music Garden so crowded, and I'm lucky I found an OK place to sit right on the edge of the grass, almost in the flowerbed (got there barely in time thanks to a TCC streetcar sailing right past me and a half-dozen others on Bathurst).

Anyway, these guys and girls were spectacular. Ordinarily I listen with my eyes closed at these events because watching people play music doesn't thrill me, but taiko drumming is so visual it's an added bonus.

Speaking of bonuses, I recently purchased a digital camera (for my upcoming trip to London to see owlfish and colins_journal ) and here's one of my first tries at digital photography. I would have taken a bunch more, but the batteries that came with the camera choose this moment to go flat on me. I have to buy some rechargable ones this weekend.

They have an upcoming concert on Oct. 13 and 14 at the Niles Nadal JCC, check out their website for info. I really recommend checking them out.

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I really recommend NiMH rechargeables, and at least three set of actual batteries--when I had a digicam (I have a DSLR now) I used to keep them in separate bags with little labels that allowed me to pencil in the charging status. If you have a viewfinder, turn off the screen for all but macro work, and you will get a lot more mileage out of your batteries. If you do not have an optical viewfinder, well, there's always more batteries...

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