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Tantara Taiko Profiles


Member Profiles

Tantara now has nearly twenty members.


John Bolwell

John Bolwell (Leader)

Loves Doing:   T Things - Tai Chi,
               Taiko, Tango
Loves Tasting: Mmm... Things - 
               Marmite, Malt,
               Mars Bar Ice creams
Loves Music:   D Things - Dancing,
               Drumming, Dylan +
               much more beginning
               with other letters
Yvonne Chadderton | Contemporary Jewellery Designer

Yvonne Chadderton

Lives:  Littleborough
Does:   Contemporary Jewellery
Loves:  Tai Chi
        Pois and club swinging
        (especially with fire)
        Globetrotting
        Dry stone walling
        Cryptic crosswords
Plans:  Helping to build a Yurt
        Teaching One to One
        jewellery making courses

		
Georgie Cart

Georgie Cart

Lives:  Middleton
Does:   Tai chi instructor,
        Tarot reader, Reiki healer
Loves:  Teaching, Meditation, Art,
        Photography, Music, Dance,
        Walking, Climbing, learning
Plans:  To help others
Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Lives:  Wardle
Does:   Primary School Teacher
Loves:  Sport, Politics,
        our dog Rio
Plans:  To give up smoking &
        become a healthy member
        of society


Gill Parnell-Jackson

Gill Parnell-Jackson

Lives:  Wardle
Does:   Safeguarding Children Board
        Training & Development
Loves:  Teaching Yoga, Mandalas,
        Mantra &  Music
Plans:  To work on drumming in
        time with everyone else
        in Tantara!
Phil Lewis

Phil Lewis

Lives:  With Pat
Does:   Wargaming, scale modelling,
        anything new
Loves:  Pat
Plans:  To try everything once ...
        and some things twice


Pat Lewis

Pat Lewis

Lives:  Middleton
Loves:  Phil, Yoga, Taiko
Does:   See above
Plans:  More of the same
Hughie McAdam

Hughie McAdam

Lives:  Tameside
Does:   Advanced Driving
Loves:  Martial Arts, Meditation,
        Practical Archaeology,
        Photography
Plans:  To become an A.D.I.
Roxi Sharif

Roxi

Lives:  Greater Manchester
Loves:  Tai Chi, Meditation, Flute,
        Art, Listening to Music,
        being in the company of
        like minded people



John Blackburn

John Blackburn

Lives:  Norden (Rochdale)
Does:   IT management
Loves:  Wife and Kids,
        Asterix the Gaul,
        Other Goscinny chars,
        Deep Purple, Mike Oldfield,
        Opera, lots more music,
Plans:  To reach my target BMI
        by the time I’m 80

Adrian Cornforth

Adrian Cornforth

Lives:  Passmonds (Rochdale)
Does:   IT support, web design
Loves:  Tai Chi, Art Deco & Noveau,
        Photography, Design
Plans:  See if I have an musical
        talent lurking


Sue Kent

Sue Kent

Lives:  Halifax
Does:   NHS Information Analyst
Loves:  Outdoor Conservation work,
        DIY, Gardening, Tai Chi
Plans:  National Trust Working
        Holiday in the Lakes,
        Skiing at Christmas,
        Change of job?

		
Dee Swift

Dee Swift

Dee has a Taiko band in Cumbria
but is sometimes a special guest
to the Rochdale group.



Geoff McClung

Geoff McClung

Lives:  Rochdale
Does:   Drumming
Loves:  Drumming
Plans:  More Drumming!





 

Profile — John Bolwell

John Bolwell is the founder of Tantara Taiko drummers and he has gathered a wealth of experience in movement and music.

He has over 35 years experience in the practice of Oriental martial arts and has studied and taught these throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East. An interest in combining elements of music, martial and performing arts led him to travel to China to train in Peking Opera ‘Warrior Role’.

His percussive explorations began in 1989 and have included studying African drumming in the Gambia, Chenda drumming in South India, Bodhran in Ireland and Flamenco Rhythm in Andalucia.

In 2002 he travelled to Japan to train in Taiko drumming with Masaaki Kurumaya in Fukui Prefecture. Since then he has continued this practice with Mugenkyo, Liz Walters of Tamashii, Hiroshi Motofuji and Art Lee.

He set up Tantara Taiko in his home town of Rochdale in 2003.