Archive for April, 2013

Pacific Northwest tour

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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:


Next Up: Anacortes

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Our last performance of our Pacific Northwest tour will be in Anacortes this Friday the 26th.

On Ensemble in concert
Friday April 25th
Broadnick Hall
2200 M Ave
Anacortes, WA

Next Matsuri Crashers Battle – July 28!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


Mark the date! As part of the opening ceremonies for Asano Taiko US and the Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI), we are arranging a Matsuri Crashers Battle for the afternoon of Sunday, July 28! Come celebrate, come play!

We will be developing our solos in May and June, with online assistance and free workshops for LA-area groups. Taiko players of all experience levels can participate. The battles thus far have been really fun and a great incentive for us to learn and develop new moves and rhythms. As a previous participant says,

Preparing and practicing a solo for the battle was the challenge I needed to take my playing to the next level… a milestone in my taiko career.

Interested in more info? Send me an email (kris at On Ensemble dot org) or comment below I’ll keep you in the loop!


ps – Past battles:

Fun in Edmonds WA

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Thank you to all the wonderful people we met in Edmonds. One of our new friends sent a photo from a workshop we taught for local school teachers. We had a great time!

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Congratulations CicLAvia!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The only downside of being on tour here in the Pacific Northwest is that I missed CicLAvia last weekend. It sounds like it was an amazing event. Congratulations to all the organizers and to the 150,000 participants for making it a great day for everyone. We’ll be there next time… with drums!

Pacific Northwest tour

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

On Ensemble is on the road again. This time we in the Pacific Northwest. Out first stop was in Ashland Oregon where we had a great concert at the Unitarian Fellowship. Kelvin opened the concert with his new Meidoko Trio and played a great opening set. It was great to see some of the music that Kelvin has been working on in Ashland. A huge thank you goes out to Ariella for all her work in bringing us up to Ashland.



After Ashland we drove to Edmonds. It was a long drive but luckily we’ve found a way to pass the time. King of Tokyo in the car! It’s a perfect car game once you memorize the cards. It take just the right amount of concentration and there isn’t much to keep track of outside of each monsters victory points and hearts luckily there are these handy stat counters that fit nicely in the glove compartment.





The last few days we’ve been doing educational outreach programs in the Edmonds area. We’ve done a series of hands on workshops with a great group of 6th graders from Chase Lake Elementary. They will be performing with us at the all school assembly tomorrow. We’ve also been doing out standard lecture demo program at other local schools. To wrap up the residency we’ll be performing a full length concert at the Edmonds Center for the Arts this Friday. More coming soon!

Next Up: Edmonds and Port Angeles

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

We are on tour in the Pacific Northwest! Our next concert is at the Edmonds Center for the Arts and after that we’ll be headed to Port Angeles.

Friday April 19th
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 Fourth Avenue North
Edmonds, WA
tickets and information: 425.275.9595

Saturday April 20th
Port Angeles Performing Arts Center
304 E. Park St.
Port Angeles, WA

Recent book reviews — April 2013

Saturday, April 13th, 2013


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