Archive for August, 2011

First Matsuri Crashers battle

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Yuta arranged our first Matsuri Crashers battle at Taiko Ten 2011. Start prepping your crew… more battles to come. i31d03d!jns+vw unite!

And a suitably blurry sighting of the Gorilla…

FREE Concert this Saturday

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

We’re performing a FREE concert this Saturday August 27th at 7:00pm presented by the Canta Clarita Performing Arts Center at Richard Rioux Park!  Come check it out if you are in the area!

Taiko Conference was WONDERFUL!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Thank you to the 800+ people who made the 2011 North American Taiko Conference a grand success. Videos, photos, and essays from my Bon Taiko Bonanza workshop coming soon!

North American Taiko Conference

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

On Ensemble is headed to the North American Taiko Conference this weekend! All four of us will be leading workshops and discussion sessions and Kris is helping organize the conference as the assistant conference organizer. Should be a great weekend of taiko!

Talking Taiko

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

My old family friend, Yuri Kageyama is having a book party with reading of poems and music tomorrow, August 15, 8pm at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.  Her son, Isaku, is performing taiko along with old family friend, Makoto Horiuchi on guitar, and Eric Kamau Gravatt on drum set.  Please check it out!!!

For more info:  CLICK HERE.

Yoko Fujimoto to perform at JANM, Aug 13

Friday, August 5th, 2011

On Ensemble friend and inspiration, Yoko Fujimoto, will be performing with pianist/composer/arranger Derek Nakamoto and taiko player/flautist Kaoru Watanabe. So sorry I’m going to miss this… I’m sure it’s going to be a great show!

More info at the JANM website.

Fun on tour with Hiro

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Hiro flew up to see Shasta Yama last weekend. After enjoying the dark night skies of Mt Shasta, we’ve spent the last few days exploring the Bay Area, hiking around the Presidio in SF and visiting museums in San Jose. Thanks for the fun, Hiro!

i31d03d!jns+vw Yama Jumble

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Maz and I debuted a new slant-drum arrangement at Shasta Yama. We’re working on some new batchi hand-off ideas and debuted the “Scuttlebutt” switch. We almost debuted the “ITC” switch but aborted last minute. We’ll get it next time, Maz!

Thanks to Brady for jumping in to make the piece happen, even though it was literally his first time playing the piece with us and the first time he’d played those drums. Thanks to Jeanne and Russel for the opportunity!

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