Archive for May, 2014

Up Next: Collegiate Taiko Invitational

Friday, May 16th, 2014

We’ll be performing and teaching workshops at the Collegiate Taiko Invitational hosted by CSUN Jishin Taiko. This year marks the Invitationals 19th year making it the longest running gathering of taiko players in North America!

It’s always great to teach the next generation of eager taiko nuts and see how the collegiate taiko community has grown. It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was a freshman at Stanford Taiko and we organized the very first Invitational and invited UCLA Kyodo Taiko and UCI Jodaiko for a weekend of workshops and performances. A lot has changed since then but one thing that has stayed consistent is the massive amount of enthusiasm and passion for taiko amongst the groups.

The Drop that Contained the Sea

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Christopher Tin has a new album out and it is awesome! Not only is it awesome but it’s currently the number 1 Classical Album according to Billboard Magazine! There isn’t any taiko on this album but I did record some frame drum, udu and throat singing that made it onto the album. I’ll also be performing with the Angel City Chorale for the West Coast Premiere of ‘The Drop that Contained the Sea’ on June 7th and 8th. More info at the Angel City Chorale’s website.

Shoji Kameda is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer and a leading creative force in the taiko world. He can be reached at: shoji(at)onensemble.org.

A cause dear to my heart: reducing money’s influence on US politics

Monday, May 5th, 2014

The great professor, writer, and political activist Lawrence Lessig has organized an ambitious goal to do something about the overwhelming influence of money on US government. https://mayone.us

I agree with Lessig that before we can tackle the issues we most care about — whether that’s climate change, health care, or criminal justice reform — we must make our government better represent the desires of our citizenry. Despite the fact that 90% of Americans support background checks on guns, money’s influence in congress blocks legislation.

Lessig is forming a SuperPAC to end SuperPACs. It’s an ambitious and crazy idea, but if anyone can succeed, it’s Lawrence Lessig and a groundswell of like-minded individuals. Please take a look at https://mayone.us and consider supporting the project.

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