Archive for August, 2008

Kris’ first post

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

On Ensemble’s new website includes “Member Blogs” where Shoj, Maz, Kelvin and I can post personal musings.  I’m very excited about having a place to post DIY projects, computer tutorials, and random writings!  I hope you find some of the info here useful!

Shasta Yama 08 Recap

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Shasta Yama 08 Banner

Aww… I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures of Shasta Yama, but once again my parents and Mario Rubino (the producer) delivered. It was a very successful show. Mario thinks there were over 1,000 people who came! Even with all the smoke from the insane wild fires around the area and the rising gas prices, people came. What a special event this has become. Shoji said that this is the biggest outdoor taiko festival in the nation and I’d have to agree with him.

I have a lot of thank yous. First and foremost, my dad and mom, Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer for putting on this awesome event every year and, of course, for believing in us and supporting our vision. Mario Rubino for believing in my mom and dad. Michelle Fujii for the constant vision and role she has played in our path. Mark Miyoshi for the beautiful drums and constant support. And, thank you to Laura Masunaga and Tadashi Kameda (Shoji’s parents) who were the reason why my mom and dad moved up to Mt. Shasta in the first place. What an awesome community that rallied behind Shasta Yama. I am honored to go back every year to make awesome music.

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