Archive for January, 2010

New facebook page

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

It kind of had to happen sooner or later.  On Ensemble has a new Facebook page.  Hopefully we’ll actually keep this one up.  We don’t have a great record with the social media thing but hey it’s a new year and anything is possible.

DIY audio: Five Fish preamps for Shoji

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I assembled a set of Five Fish preamps for Shoji and they turned out really well!  The preamps sound fantastic and thanks to the high quality of the kit and the great support offered by Five Fish, the build process was very enjoyable.  Here’s a time-lapse video of the construction!  Photos and a review of the kit follows the break…


A New Year

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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!

Yamasong clips

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

We’ve been working with puppeteer director Sam Koji Hale on a short film set to Yamasong. I just saw the rough cut and it looks amazing! Sam has posted some short clips of what his done on his facebook page. Check it out!

Thank you FoundatiOn Team donors!

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

The following donors made contributions to the FoundatiOn Team, bringing the total number of donors this year to 99! Will we have a 100th donor?..

Thank you for your generosity!

Chikako Hara
David Wells
Tetsuo Uyeda

Thank you FoundatiOn Team donors!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Thanks to recent donations from the following people, the fund drive isn’t done yet! In fact, we’ve passed $11,000, generating our eleventh, free, hands-on taiko workshop to public school kids!

Cathy Ginn
David and Kate Cowsky
George Abe
Lloyd Nakano
Michelle Fujii
Mikko Henson
Shira Mendes De Leon

A year of blogging

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

It’s been a little over a year since I committed myself to publishing things in blog format… and what a treat it’s been! Thank you to everyone for the encouraging comments and feedback!

Here are the five most popular posts thus far!

DIY apartment furniture (#1 google hit for these terms! Thanks everyone!)
30 Days to Better Shime
DIY Trailer Home – Schematic design progress
Taiko Games 2009 (with updated photos – thanks Leslie!)
Free Art License 1.3

As requested (thanks Jim!) I’ve also created an index of posts by category.

Looking forward to more fun in 2010!

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