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Maimi Higuchi
Maimi Higuchi '20 is a music staff writer for the Stanford Daily. She loves writing, reading, music, and science. A devoted long-time fan of the Harry Potter series, she hopes to one day visit the Wizarding World theme park in Los Angeles.

Who said classical music was boring? Pt. 2

Last time, we looked at Mauricio Kagel’s instructions on how the timpani player should dive straight into the timpani itself at the end of “Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra,” and how the conductor should fall to the floor in the closing moments of his piece “Finale.” On the other hand, John Cage instructs musicians not…

Who said classical music was boring?

Recent worldwide hits come from pop, rock, hip-hop, electronic — anything, it seems, but classical. What stereotypes does classical music hold? Is it beautiful, euphonious, relaxing? Or is it boring, soporific, a genre reserved for older folks or very musically intellectual people? In fact, classical music can be quite unorthodox, funny, eye-opening. And yes, in some…

Linda Uyechi and Steve Sano discuss Taiko at Stanford and around the world

Linda Uyechi and Steve Sano, the faculty supervisors of Stanford Taiko, discuss taiko’s growing influence at Stanford and around the world. For part one of this interview, click here. Part II: The Stanford Daily (TSD): How has your perspective of taiko changed throughout your career? Has it remained constant? Linda Uyechi (LU): I don’t think it has changed. I still…

Interview: Linda Uyechi and Steve Sano on North American taiko

  Linda Uyechi and Steve Sano, the faculty supervisors of Stanford Taiko, discuss all things taiko (Japanese/Japanese-American drumming) and how far the ensemble has come. Part I: Linda and Steve introduce taiko (and dating tips!) Linda welcomes me with a hug, and we walk into a serene, small courtyard in Braun Music Center teeming with…

Pen-Pineapple-Pen — what’s up with that?

A man dressed in a yellow, gaudy, animal-printed outfit leaps around singing “PEN PINEAPPLE APPLE PEN,” matched with techno music. It’s hard to forget. It’s also hard to know why it became so popular at all. “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen),” a 45-second Youtube video that broke the Guinness World Record for shortest song to enter the Billboard…

Kodo: Japanese drumming brought to Berkeley

The audience sits in complete darkness. A silver spotlight shines on a lone taiko drum. As a drum stick shakes imperceptibly, a hand firmly comes down onto a surface. A low thump reverberates through the eerie silence. Another. Yet another. Somewhere, a soft tune from a fue, a Japanese flute, fills the concert hall. Ranging…
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