Our Pacific Northwest tour is coming to an end. We have one more performance tonight in beautiful Anacortes. After our weeklong residency in Edmonds we had a great concert at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Quite a few taiko folk for the Seattle area came the concert and it’s always great to reconnect at a concert. We had a great time in Edmonds and a huge thank you goes out to Lisa and Joe and all the staff at the Edmonds Center for the Arts who brought us to their beautiful city.
After the Edmonds concert we loaded up the van and took the ferry to Port Angeles which was equally breathtaking. In Port Angeles we had a hands on workshop for local middle and high school students then an evening concert. Thank you to Dan and all the great volunteers of the Juan De Fuca Festival for their work in making our concert a success and for the batch of home made cookies for the road.
After Port Angeles Maz flew back to Los Angeles and our guest artist Eien Hunter-Ishikawa drove down from Vancouver to join us for the second half of the tour. We headed to the Seattle area where we spent three days doing educational outreach programs for the UW World Series. Huge thank you goes out to Sonya, Mina and Gene for all their work in setting up the school performances and making sure we didn’t get lost in Seattle.
Eien is quite the beer aficionado and every time we tour with him we get a guided tour to the local breweries, pubs and other bastions of beer geeks. In Seattle he took us to Chuck’s Hop Shop, Bottleworks and Epic Ale’s Gastropod. Few things are better than playing music then hanging out with great company and great beer.
Our final stop on this tour is Anacortes. Yet another stunningly beautiful Northwest city with great food. We knew this was going to be a great city when one of the presenters Christina brought us fresh smoked salmon and homemade rhubarb coffeecake. We performed for the local middle and high school and the senior center and will conclude the tour with a public performance tonight at 8:00pm.
It’s a been another great On Ensemble tour filled with meeting great people, eating great food and yes drinking great beer. After this tour I’ll be flying out to the East Coast for two performances with Hiroshima while Kris, Kelvin and Eien head home. Kris will be stopping for workshops in Stockton and to see Stuck Elevator on the way back to Los Angeles. Next month we’ll be at the Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational and we’ll be announcing the release of our new album Bizarre Heroes. Here’s a sneak peek: