Great news! On Ensemble will be performing at Taiko Jam 2009. Taiko Jam is a concert featuring North American taiko groups curated by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and held in conjunction with the bi-annual North American Taiko Conference. We performed at Taiko Jam back in 2003 and it is one of the most fun concerts to perform in because it’s for an audience full of taiko players.
Also performing at Taiko Jam will be be Kishin Daiko of West Covina, Kaminari Taiko from Las Vegas and Portland Taiko led by former On Ensemble member Michelle Fujii. Should be a fun taiko packed concert and I’m especially looking forward to seeing what Michelle has been up to with Portland Taiko. Since Mich left us to become the Artistic Director of Portland Taiko I haven’t been able to see them play live yet. I’m also looking forward to sharing the stage with my cousin Julie who plays with Kaminari Taiko and Kishin Daiko one of the bedrock groups in the Southern California taiko community. Kishin is filled with great players and its open multi-ethnic, multi-generational attitude is perfect for SoCal and makes them one of my favorite groups.