Archive for July, 2010

Shastayama this weekend!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Kris and Maz will be heading up to Mt. Shasta for the 6th Annual Shastayama festival this weekend! For those of you that don’t know yet Shastayama is one of the coolest taiko festivals ever. Of course I’m a little biased because Maz’s parents and my first taiko teachers Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer organize the festival so don’t take my word for it go check it out for yourself! This year’s specials guest include: Taikoproject, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe.

Up Next: Green Show at OSF

Friday, July 9th, 2010

We’re excited to be returning to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Kelvin’s home turf to perform in the free, outdoor Green Show series, Aug 28, 2010 at 7:15pm. We’ll be performing in the beautiful surroundings of the Festival Courtyard Stage. You can see the whole schedule of free concerts here. The Green Show was one of our favorite performances last year. If you’re in the Ashland area, join us Aug 28!

Rhythmic Relations 2010!

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Come see Kris and Maz perform this weekend as part of TAIKOPROJECT in Rhythmic Relations 2010! The concert will be on July 10th and 11th at the Ford Amphitheater in North Hollywood.

Click here for information and tickets.

We will be debuting SIX new songs! I am also proud to announce that we will be releasing the new album at the concert which I produced called “Surrounding Suns”. I’m so excited for this moment!

Katsusaburo 7th dies

Monday, July 5th, 2010

The previous leader of my shamisen school, Kineya Katsusaburo 7th, passed away on June 27, 2010 at the age of 82. My teacher, Katsuyukie, studied under him for more than 50 years, and considered Katsusaburo one of the greatest players and teachers of all time. He is the Iemoto who granted my natori, and I had the pleasure of spending time with him on a few occasions in Japan (Maz met him too!). He was always supportive and generous, and interested in getting the latest news on things in the United States, having travelled the world extensively.

When I spoke with my teacher on the phone, she said that although she’s sad about his passing, “It’s a rare treasure to complete such a dramatically successful and fulfilling life.”

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