Archive for July, 2013

On Ensemble in concert with Shasta Taiko

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Our next performance is this Saturday July 20th at the College of the Siskiyous Kenneth Ford Theater. The concert will also include appearances by special guest artists Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe.

On Ensemble in concert with Shasta Taiko, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe
Saturday July 20th 7:30pm
Kenneth Ford Theater


Fantastic review in International Examiner

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The great Stan Shikuma wrote a review of On Ensemble’s performance in Edmonds, WA and it’s fantastic! It is refreshing to read an article on taiko by someone extremely knowledgeable in the art form. This is perhaps our best review yet. Thank you Stan and International Examiner!

Recent book reviews — July 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013


Shamisen at Minami-za was a grand success!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The performance in Kyoto was quite the experience! Minami-za is one of the most famous theaters in Japan and this was the first time the Kineya Katsu guild used it for their once-every-four-years, grand performance. The all-day show utilized the full range of the theater’s staging, including the rotating-stage set changes, drop pit and lift system, and flyspace. Our group of 36 performers set up on the back of the rotating stage while another group was performing and then swung into position when it was our turn. Kisaku Sensei, taiko player and National Treasure, was in our ensemble, and I got to sit right next to my teacher — the best spot in the house!

Thanks to Yukie Sensei and the other members of Yukie Shachuu, all the folks in Kineya Katsu Kai, and the staff of Minami-za for a wonderful experience. And thanks to the 1700 (!) enthusiastic Kyoto audience members who came to see the performance!

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