Nikyokan 仁響館 – Casa de las artes escénicas japonesas

Shinobue Club


Come and join the first Shinobue club, to explore together the technique and art of this traditional Japanese instrument!


  • As it is a club, it will be expected an active participation, material and ideas sharing and explore the themes and topics together as a group. The teacher will be in a place of guide more than a formal teacher.
  • Introduce students in a practical and theoretical way in the interpretation of the shinobue.
  • Study basic techniques and modes of execution of the instrument.
  • Work on the technical fundamentals of fingering, posture and breathing.
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of music theory necessary for the understanding, analysis and interpretation of repertoire and exercises.
  • Introduce the history and origin of art and the instrument.


1 hour each meeting. Once a week.

Materials: each student will need their own instrument to enter the club.

TEACHER: Gastón San Cristóbal.

Gastón has been practicing wadaiko since 2008 During this period he has trained with taiko icons worldwide and also dedicated a lot of effort researching the instrument, its origins and the influence that the culture and history of Japan had on the art of wadaiko.

He has given talks and lectures of the history of South American taiko in Argentina, Peru, the United States and Japan. His effort and dedication has been recognized by legends of the art of wadaiko such as Eitetsu Hayashi, Akitoshi Asano (Asano Taiko), Yoshihiko Miyamoto (Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten) and founding members of the KODO group.

Gastón lived in Japan from 2014 to 2017, which changed his perspective 180 degrees on how to interpret, learn, understand and transmit not only wadaiko but also traditional Japanese arts.

During his entire stay in Japan he was a member of the Tokimeki Taiko Juku group of the University of Tsukuba and an apprentice of Yuji Kuramochi (formed in the KODO apprentice center) who trained him in the execution and in the teaching of wadaiko and shinobue. He has also trained with Grandmaster Eitetsu Hayashi, who considers him his apprentice. Additionally, he has trained and been heavily influenced by Kaoru Watanabe, Ryutaro Kaneko, Chieko Kojima, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Yuta Kato, and the KODO group.


Interested with or without previous musical experience and knowledge.


15 students.


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Shinobue Club