A New Year

Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is a hopeful and reflective time. Last year was filled with some amazing experiences. I was blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with amazing artists from around the world and got to perform in new places like Yogyakarta and Ulaanbator. I started two new musical ventures: Khoomei Taiko Ensemble and Stereo Alchemy. I also took a big step toward full adulthood and bought my first home!

It was also a great year for On Ensemble. We kicked off the year with the release of Ume in the Middle and followed it up with several successful tours and a lot of great performances. Some personal highlights from 2009 include performing out in Brattleboro with Patrick Graham, performing at the California Worldfest, and performing at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble. Another high point was facilitating the Summer Taiko Institute, performing at Taiko Jam and catching up with the taiko community at the North American Taiko Conference. The year also ended nicely with a great works in progress concert and our most successful FoundatiOn Team drive ever!

I’m looking forward to all the new opportunities and experiences 2010 will bring.  So far it’s off to great start.  Next week we’re starting our FoundatiOn Team funded hands-on workshops for Glassell Park Elementary and at the end of the month I’m headed to my first Grammys!

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