Archive for May, 2010

Tacoma First Day

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

While Kelvin is busy with Ruined, On continues to tour to the Rialto Theater in Tacoma.  That’s what we like about On Ensemble.  While we love On, we support each other and are encouraged to branch out and do our own things.  That being said, we picked up Chris Hartz on drum set, and Kaoru Watanabe to play with us for this tour.

After a two day drive where we have been leaking transmission fluid from the van (which is scary because it takes a while for the clutch to engage into gear) and lost our cover to our catalytic converter, we made it safely to Tacoma.  We of course got to stop in and visit our parents for a short night and we visited our old On Ensemble buddy, Michelle Fujii, now artistic director of Portland Taiko, for lunch in Portland.  Nice to know people on the road!

Today we had a lecture/demonstration and then a workshop for elementary kids.  Here’s Kris teaching them oroshi and renshu taiko.

There are still tickets left for our concert tomorrow at 7:30pm!  Come check it out!  It’s always fun to play with Kaoru and Chris adds another tasty flavor to our mix.

World City, bikeumentary and wikipedia

Monday, May 17th, 2010

First of all we had a great time performing with Kuniko Yamamoto at the Music Center’s World City series.  It was a sunny beautiful day and tons of families showed up for the performance.  It was just one of those days that makes you happy you live in Los Angeles.  A big thank you goes out Barbara and Michael for having us back at the great series!

Recently I wrote some funk/electronic music for a short film that my brother-in-law put together promoting bike communting at UCLA.  It’s up on youtube now so check it out:

And I now have a wikipedia entry! Woohoo now I know that I exist:
Shoji Kameda is a fourth-generation Japanese American musician and composer, and leading player of North American taiko. He is a founder and member of On Ensemble, a contemporary taiko quartet [1], and a member of the jazz fusion group Hiroshima [2].

Next up: Tacoma Washington!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

BroadwaycenterOur next performance is in Tacoma!  We’re performing in the Rialto Theater at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.  We’ll be doing a few educational programs for local schools then our concert performance will be on Friday May 28th at 7:30pm.

If you are in the Seattle/Tacoma help spread the word!  Tickets are $24 and $39 and can be purchased online at the Broadway Center’s website.

World City – Kuniko and On Ensemble

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Come see us perform for free this Saturday at 11:00am and 12:30pm!  We’re performing with Japanese storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto at the Music Center’s World City series.  This is a great one to bring your kids to!

World City features internationally renowned artists in admission-free performances on select Saturdays at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

All tickets are free and are distributed on Grand Avenue at 2nd Street. Tickets for 11:00am performance distributed beginning at 10:00am. Tickets for 12:30pm performance distributed beginning at 11:00am.

Recent book reviews – May 2010

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Read on for reviews of the five books below, including the possible discovery of an historical artifact and a fun music listening test!


Sakura Matsuri trip

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Hiro and I attended the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival and had a fantastic time!  We spent a lot of QT with Yuta Kato and his parents.  Mr Kato had just finished some new drums for Stanford Taiko so some of the kids stopped by to see his workshop and hang out.  Yuta, Jimmy Nakagawa (of Somei Yoshino fame), and I taught Japanese music to elementary school kids and had a lot of fun. Thank you to Yuta for taking these photos, and thanks to everyone for a great time!

(Click images for larger versions)

Upper Elementary Education Guide now online

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

I have just finished a first attempt at an educational guide for teachers and posted it to a new page on our website.

Educational Materials

On Ensemble does a lot of educational outreach and hopefully this guide will help teachers empower students to get the most from On Ensemble’s visit.  Some of the sections of the guide need more flushing out, but hopefully this first draft will get the ball rolling.  My favorite part is the Name That Instrument challenge on pages 10-12.  :)

If you find any typos or have suggestions for future additions, please let me know!

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