Paradise Lost in Chicago!

Kris and I are at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago rehearsing for Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings! We’re performing tomorrow at Roosevelt University and are totally excited as always to be part of this production. We got in yesterday and spent the evening having a lesson and having fun with our host, John Yost. Thanks John and family for hosting us and letting us borrow your drums!

For those of you who don’t know, Paradise Lost is a production we did in Pasadena in 2007 that ran for about three months. It combines operatic singing (with seven leads), a choir (over 200 singers!), acting, choreographed fighting, electronica, cello, a DJ, and taiko (us, of course). The story is about children of angels who were locked in their angel city when their parents left to battle. The parents never came back and the children are forced to govern themselves. This results in internal conflict.

Last year, Shoji and I performed at Carnegie Hall in New York which was a blast! This year, we’re here in Chicago and are at Disney Hall in Los Angeles on June 25. Check it out!

Here is a picture of today’s rehearsal.  You can see Kris and the taiko all the way on the left side.

4 Responses to “Paradise Lost in Chicago!”

  1. dan says:

    This looks amazing!! Do you know if there are going to be any recordings of the performance? I would love to see the finished product!

  2. Ayumi says:

    I loved this show when you guys were in Pasadena. I might have to make the LA one too!

  3. Hi Masato I’ve already written to your parents but I am having a book party, where Isaku will be playing, on the week of the North American Taiko Conference and was hoping you would also be able to drop by. You and your friend/s are on the Guest list with your parents. Eric Kamau Gravatt and others will also be playing. I am also going to be reading at a “gala” Litquake event with blues and jazz in San Francisco in October, when Ishmael Reed, the poet who published my new book, is winning an award. Would you be in town (or at least in the right part of the planet roughly) around that time to play fue/taiko with my reading for my part of the program? Isaku has to be back at school in Berklee. And so I need another taiko playing “son.” I hope we can talk during the conference week. You will be in good company. Alejandro Murguia and Juan Felipe Herrera are also reading. Love, Yuri

  4. PS The book party is MON Aug. 15 at Yoshi’s in San Francisco 8 p.m.
    Details at:



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