Archive for April, 2010


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The FoundatiOn Team thank you packets have been sent and we’ve already received a lot of positive feedback from this year’s EP.  We’ve also received requests for more in depth track notes so without further ado…


Week long taiko training in Portland

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Our friends at Portland Taiko have started accepting applications for their Summer Training program. If you are interested in an intensive summer program then this is for you! The week long program features training in taiko and Japanese folk dance basics and a chance to learn some of Portland Taiko’s repertoire. You can apply online at Portland Taiko’s website.

Yamasong Trailer

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

A year and a half ago I met with Sam Koji Hale a talented puppet maker and visual artist over a bowl of ramen and we talked about doing a short film based on one of the Ume in the Middle tracks. I had seen a table top bunraku production that Sam was involved with and was really taken by the artistry of the performance. When we got together it was clear that creatively we had much in common and that we should try to do something together. Sam then pitched the project to Heather Henson and she agreed to produce a short film through her production company IBEX.

After that it was off to the races. Sam put together a great crew and it was amazing to watch the whole thing come to life from initial character designs and sketches to models to puppets to the shooting and the post production work. At every step of the way my excitement grew as the film came together and now it’s finally finished! Sam is submitting it to film festivals now and we are also producing a DVD of the film with making of features and commentaries.

We’ve also built a website for the film at:

Congratulations Kenny!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

We had a great time performing at Kenny Endo’s 35th Anniversary concert this past Saturday.  Kenny has been a great teacher and mentor to us over the years and it was an honor to share the stage with him and the amazing artists he brought together to celebrate his 35 years in the artform. On Sunday Kaoru, Kenny and myself had another short performance at Senshin Buddhist temple for Hanamatsuri which was also a lot of fun.  All in all it was a great weekend of music.  Congratulations again Kenny!

Yamasong the film!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Sam, the director we’ve been working with, has finished “Yamasong” a short animated film based on our track of the same title.  He’s started submitting it to film festivals and it’s already been accepted to the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington, DC and the Florida Film Festival.  We’ve also set up a website for the film and will be producing a DVD soon!  We’ll be posting more news about “Yamasong” and where it will be showing soon!

Recent book reviews – Apr 2010

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Here are quick reviews of the books I have read recently.  Yay public libraries!


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