Archive for June, 2011

New piece: i31d03d!jns+vw Mingle-Mangle

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Every wacky slant-drum idea we’ve had in the last 2 years crammed into 13 minutes. Thank you to the LA Knees crew for their help in putting this piece together. Looking forward to more exploration!

Click the image below for the score. Original SVG file can be found below.

Original SVG file

New piece debut at JCI Carnival

Monday, June 20th, 2011

This coming Sunday, June 26, 2011 some friends and I will be debuting a festival-inspired piece. It’s a 12-minute bonanza of every slant-drum idea we’ve had over the last two years. It’s been one of the most exciting things I’ve worked on this year and I’m really looking forward to the performance. It’ll be our first time performing it so it’ll be rough around the edges but there are no less than a dozen new movements and concepts on debut. See Double Rainbow, Spark, Swoon, Offset Murder, She Wrote, Fricassee, Fricashime, Donzoko Scramble, Bullet Points, straight-ji nidan, and backup singers with a stepping groove — performed for the first time! I’m really lucky to be joined by some of the most enthusiastic bon-taiko players in Los Angeles: Jen Baik, David Wells, Masato Baba, Candice Shikai, Janet Hwu, Liz Ishida, Darren Endo, and Yuri Yoshida. This is going to be fun!!!

JCI Carnival new piece debut
Sunday, June 26, 2011
2pm ~ 2:15pm
free, outdoor community festival
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
1964 W. 162nd St. Gardena CA 90247

JCI Carnival flyer PDF

Fun at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Monday, June 20th, 2011

On the 10th of this month we had the pleasure of returning to Ashland to participate in a “Green Show” performance. The Green Shows are held free for the public in the beautiful outdoor plaza. It’s one of On Ensemble’s favorite places to play and this time too was a fantastic experience. Thank you to Jess and the helpful crew and the enthusiastic audience!

And thanks to the Ashland Daily Photo blog for the following photos and videos!!

2011 Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational – A Grand Success

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Thanks to the hard work of UCLA’s Kyodo Taiko and Yukai Daiko, the 2011 Intercollegiate Taiko Invitation was fantastic! The busy weekend was filled with workshops, good food (thank you to the caterers for the vegan treats!), and performances by the college groups. I taught matsuri slant drum choreography and we had a great time. I gave them three options of new moves and all three groups chose the hardest option, “Cronkite”. Perhaps we’ll see the rhythm sneak its way into next year’s performance. Thank you everyone!

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