Archive for May, 2012

Excited about Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational!

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I’ve probably completely over doing it but I’ve spend the last few days preparing for my workshops at Invitationals this weekend. I’m teaching slant basics workshops and doing a presentation on the various lighted-batchi experiments. Then I’ll visit Somei Yoshino and Jiten Daiko for workshops next week. This is going to be fun!

I’ve updated my Thoughts on Practice essay. It’s shorter with less “blah blah”.

Next up: Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Maz and I will be representing On Ensemble at the 18th-annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational. We will be teaching multi-drum basics, slant drum basics, and demonstrating our research with lighted batchi. I am excited to be back at Stanford for the weekend and to see what’s new in the exciting world of collegiate taiko!

Thank you El Camino College!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

I’ve just returned from the load-out following our concert at El Camino College. The crew there was great, and really loving audience members turned out, despite the inauspiciously-timed Laker game. Thank you, On Ensemble fans!

Thank you to Jerry, Kenny, Katy (shoot, I think it was Katy…. our great “A2”!), and all the other stage crew, and Terri, Barbara, and Hector for all their prep work on the show. It was a joy to work with you all!

Stanford Taiko 20th Anniversary was a blast!

Monday, May 7th, 2012

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!

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