I’ve just returned from a delightful three days of Stanford Taiko events! In celebration of the group’s 20th anniversary, Stanford Taiko hosted an alumni weekend to coincide with its annual Spring Concert. We reminisced at a series of receptions, plus a fun rehearsal for our brief cameo in a massive, 40-alumni arrangement of Tatsumaki. I stayed with the great Andy Clayton, who between sessions of baseball and skateboarding with his kids, showed me his recent work on Calypso steel drum music. The highlight of the weekend was Stanford Taiko’s great performance. The new members are strong performers already and the concert debuted a number of new and really refined works. The following morning, two people at the Mountain View farmer’s market recognized me from the concert and said how great they thought Stanford Taiko was. I agree!
It was a joy to see so many of the folks instrumental in Stanford Taiko’s history and Jane Lin, Wisa and Sue, Linda and Steve, and all the other folks involved with the weekend made us feel special. Thank you, Stanford Taiko!