Archive for August, 2009

Great song, but the ending sucked…

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

On Ensemble does a sound check before our performances.  Step one is to make some noise on each mic’ed instrument so the sound engineer can test things out.  Step two is to play a set of instruments in context so she/he can get a sense of the overall mix of things.

Kelvin ends his sound check on the drum kit with a “whole kit” jam, playing until the sound person says okay.  He’s just goofing around and making it up as he goes, but it’s always awesome.  It’s so good, people often say something like, “Great song, but the ending sucked…”

Here’s an example…

Pasadena Levitt Pavillion wrap-up

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

We had a fantastic time yesterday performing at the Pasadena Levitt Pavillion!  Each of the five Levitt Pavillion venues puts together 50 free concerts every summer (an amazing achievement!) and On Ensemble finished off the series in Pasadena.  Thank you to the Friends of the Levitt and all the great audience members in attendance!


Maz is sexy!

Taiko Games 2009

Monday, August 24th, 2009


Like taiko? Like games? Play taiko games!

It’s the next big thing! Read on for more information and video clips about these four, surprisingly fun, taiko-themed games!


Call for Applications: APPEX 2010

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

The Center for Intercultural Performance is now accepting applications from US choreographers and composers for the 2010 Asia Pacific Performance Exchange Residency which will take place Feb 1-21 in Bali, Indonesia.

APPEX 2010 is a three-week intensive residency in Bali, Indonesia. For five days a week, artists will engage in master classes, studio workshops, experimentation, collaborative projects and public performances. On weekends participants will be introduced to the vibrant arts and culture context of Bali through specially planned field trips and concerts. A total of 16 artists will participate in the APPEX 2010 program. An equal number of American and Asian participants will take part in the program. Asian participants will be recruited from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia.

The rich, interactive workshop environment of APPEX provides artists with the opportunity to develop the ability to collaborate across discipline and culture; learn mutual and self-reflective critical techniques; and initiate life-long friendships and professional networks.

Who Should Apply: Traditional and contemporary performing artists from USA are invited to apply. Special care will be given in the selection process to ensure a balance across disciplines. Artists who are active in the community as educators, artistic directors, and cultural workers are encouraged to apply.  More information can be found on the Center for Intercultural Performance website.

On a personal note I was fortunate to participate in the 2006 APPEX program held at UCLA.  I can say without hesitation that it was one of the most amazing creative experiences I’ve ever had and it has had a profound influence on my direction as an artist.  It’s hard to describe what APPEX is like I can only say it was a life changing experience and I would highly recommend applying for this program.

Last chance to sign up for 30 Days to Better Shime Round 3!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


We will be starting our group practice session of 30 Days to Better Shime this coming Saturday! Download your free workbook and CD here, or order your printed copy today. Add your name to the email list to receive daily encouragement – starting on Saturday!

Hanabishi article – Hello from LA, June 09

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

My shamisen guild, Kineyakatsu, publishes a quarterly magazine for its members called Hanabishi.  The most recent edition includes an article I wrote after receiving my stage name.  Below is the scanned Japanese version and an English translation.  The photo is me with the head of the guild, Kineya Katsusaburo VII.



Sticky: Next up: Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Our next performance will be a FREE outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.  Our performance is part of the Pavilion’s Free Music Under the Stars series that features a diverse line up of 30 concerts every Wednesday through Sunday for ten weeks!  Check out the Levitt Pavilion’s website for the full line-up.

Friday Aug 28th
8:00pm, FREE
Levitt Pavilion

Summer Taiko Institute Wrap-Up 2

Friday, August 14th, 2009

On Ensemble had a fabulous time facilitating the 2009 Summer Taiko Institute!  32 participants from around North America spent three days with us learning On Ensemble’s approach to taiko and a new Free Music taiko piece composed for the community.

Here are a few photos from the three days!

kelvin_teaching all_sti_participants

sti_group_1 sti_group_2

sti_group_3 sti_group_4

Thank you to(the participants), Darren, Taiko Conference Advisory Board for making STI possible!

Joy, one of our fearless participants, has scanned the score for each part of the song.  The written music is a bit rough, but you can find these scanned images here.

Random videos have been popping up as well!

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