Archive for October, 2012

Ohio Arts Council IMPACT Tour

Monday, October 29th, 2012

For the next two weeks On Ensemble will perform five concerts and numerous outreach activities as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT). Performances will take place in Medina, Archbold, Cincinnati, McConnelsville and Urbana. All performances are free and open to the public.

As a part of the educational outreach component of this tour we will be performing lecture demos, mini-concerts and workshops in the various communities we visit. Check out our updated Calendar section for details.

(Almost) In the presence of greatness

Friday, October 26th, 2012

I just received the flyer for On Ensemble’s upcoming mini-performance and workshop in Cincinnati.

Look who’s in the the series a few days before us!

Taiko at CicLAvia wrapup

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Taiko at CicLAvia was awesome! Playing taiko while rolling through the streets of LA, with the friendly vibe of the 100,000 CicLAvia riders, was delightful. The ride to and from Torrance added a physical-challenge element that made for a real adventure.

I would go so far as to say that CicLAvia might become my favorite performance venue. I’m looking forward to refining the music and the bike trailers to someday make Taiko at CicLAvia world-class art.

Here are some photos along with ideas for next time. Thanks to Kuni and Jonathan for the photos!

Tradition #1 – Breakfast on the trailer

The ride started at 7am in Torrance. Home-cooked bento on the trailer for all riders! Next time, no chopsticks required and no sauces to worry about spilling.

Tradition #2 – Flute players on skateboard and in back seat

The flutes sounded awesome, and Maz on longboard was one of my favorite things of the day.

Tradition #3 – Orange mochi reward at Expo Park

Stacey gave us some delightful treats in Little Tokyo including fresh orange mochi. It was the perfect snack after making our way across the course back to Exposition Park. Thanks, Stacey!

Thank you so much to everyone involved in our very first attempt at Taiko at CicLAvia! More to come!!

Wow, it worked!

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Taiko at CicLAvia was a success! Thanks to the CicLAvia organizers and to Tomomi, Jason, Kuni, Mark, Courteny, Stacey, Yuri, Emima, Jonathan, Dan, Maz, and Kim for helping us make it happen. Videos and photos coming after some sleep!

All-night welding for CicLAvia

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

I’ve just finished the slant stand for the trailer. A few hours of sleep and then we hit the road. Wish us luck!

CicLAvia update

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

We’re on track for this Sunday’s trial of the bike taiko trailer! Assuming we survive the long haul, Hiro, Jason, Tomomi and I will reach Exposition Park at 10am and then make our way to Little Tokyo. We’ve worked out a number of fun things to try, including a bon-odori-style dance that we can do on bikes!

Join us at Exposition Park
Join us for the full event! In Exposition Park we’ll do a few experiments and teach a few ideas, then ride for about a mile before doing some more. We’ll add something each time we stop so that we’ve got a fun, musical procession by the time we reach Little Tokyo. Total distance from Expo Park to Little Tokyo is 5 miles. Parking is available at Exposition Park.
See for more info.
A number of folks will be parking in Little Tokyo and taking the bus to Exposition Park. If you’d like to join this group, they will be taking the Metro Local bus 40 (“South Bay Galleria”) at 1st and Judge John Aiso at 9:12 to Exposition Park. Call Yuri if you need help finding the bus station.

Join us along the route
From Exposition Park, we’ll follow the CicLAvia course, making our way to Little Tokyo. We’ll go Figueroa -> 7th -> Spring -> 1st. You’re welcome to pick a convenient spot along the course and meet up with us en-route.

Join us in Little Tokyo
Although I’m not sure exactly where, our final stop will happen somewhere in Little Tokyo. We’ll have a few battles, do a quick closing, and have lunch somewhere. Hiro and I will then head back to Exposition Park along the same route, and continue south to Torrance.

Remaining help needed
Hiro and I are looking for two brave souls to ride back with us from Exposition Park to Torrance. It’s about 10 miles and at our slow pace, will probably be 2 hours. We’ll take turns riding the tandem and sitting on the trailer. Let me know if you’re available!
We’re also looking for two, low-profile, lightweight lawn chairs for the folks riding on the trailer.

I’m terribly excited about this event. CicLAvia is perhaps my favorite LA tradition and adding taiko will just about make me pop. Please join us if you’re in town!

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