Archive for September, 2009

Another City and Taiko Group

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

During Taiko Jam, Shoji thanked all of the taiko groups we stayed with during our crazy tours.  From Seattle to St. Louis to Toronto to Boston (and all in-between), we have stayed in awesome homestays.  We are forever grateful to those who have put us up.  This time when we went to Phoenix, AZ for the WAA conference, Shoji and Kelvin stayed with Eileen and Patrick, and Kris and I stayed with Esther and Ken of Fushicho Daiko.  We had a great time getting to know them.  I’ve known Esther for a long time.  She came up to Mt. Shasta to visit Shasta Taiko and Mark Miyoshi when Shoji and I were wee kids.  Ken is a wonderful artist who has traveled the world playing his music and is a proud father of a wonderful kid who dubs himself Miro, “M-I-R-O”.

While Shoji and Kelvin spent time at WAA, I had a very rare experience which was shoe shopping with Kris Bergstrom!  Everyone knows that Kris is a wonderful person, but has extreme traits like his veganism, chooses to only wear shorts, and he usually only shops for food, so shopping for shoes was a brand new experience for me!

Later on, Kris taught an introduction to his 30 Days to Better Shime program to members of Fushicho Daiko and members of their community groups.  It’s a great program and you can download it for free on the above link.

Fushicho

Thank you Esther, Ken, and Fushicho Daiko for a wonderful time!

Old Blind Dogs at the Levitt Pavilion Macarthur Park

Friday, September 4th, 2009

http://www.islandmusicfest.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/old-blind-dogs-220x330.jpgThe Old Blind Dogs are performing in Los Angeles tomorrow night for FREE!  This band is a must see.  Seriously.  If you are into music at all you must go, heck if you have a pulse you must go.

The Old Blind Dogs have become one of On Ensemble’s favorite bands ever since we had the privilege (horror) of performing right after them at the California World Fest this summer.  We ran into them again at the WAA Conference this week and it turns out they are going to play the Macarthur Park Levitt Pavilion this Saturday! We just performed at the Pasadena Levitt Pavilion last Friday.

This is the kind of band we aspire to be like. They play with honesty, soul, technique and conviction and are one of the tightest best sounding bands in any genre I’ve ever heard live.  They are just a great band that plays great music.  Period.  Please go see them.

Thanks Eileen and Patrick

Friday, September 4th, 2009

eileenWe just got back into Los Angeles after a week of successful showcases at the Western Arts Alliance Annual conference and I wanted to give a big shout out to Eileen and Patrick for letting Kelvin and I stay at their beautiful backyard dojo during our stay in Phoenix.  Eileen is a taiko performer and instructor who does lots of educational outreach work in the Phoenix area, her husband Patrick is a karate instructor and they have what every practitioner of any artform dreams about, an amazing hardwood floor rehearsal space/dojo right in their back yard!

Not only that Eileen came to all of our showcases and even helped us pack up our copius amounts of gear!  So a huge thank you goes out to Eileen and Patrick for their generous hospitality and banana bread!

Western Arts Alliance Showcase Schedule

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

This week we’ll be in Phoenix for the Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference.  We are represented by Cadence Arts Network at Exhibit #400.

Showcase schedule:
Affiliated Showcase:  Tuesday Sept 1st, 9:20pm – South Mountain Room, Downtown Sheraton
Juried Showcase:  Thursday Sept 3rd, 4:55pm – Stage West, Herberger Theatre Center
Affiliated Showcase:  Thursday Sept 3rd, 9:20pm – South Mountain Room, Downtown Sheraton

Art everywhere

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is meeting creative people everywhere.  At our Levitt Pavilion gig I noticed a man sketching away in his pad as we were playing and he was nice enough to show us some of his work.  The artist’s name is Ronald J. Llanos and he’s an instrutor of painting at Art Center College of Design.  He’s got a great gallery on his website, I’m particularly fond of the watercolor titled “Cherry blossom ninja girls enter the temple of the bad robot dudes“.  Awesome.

I also met an analog synth collector/sound experimentalist/sound designer who goes by the moniker LofiFreq.  Here’s a link to a youtube video of him improvising on a circuit bent Omnichord.  Also awesome.

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