Archive for September, 2014

Chico World Music Festival

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

We had a great gig at POPS Dunsmuir tonight. Maz, Jeanne and Russel opened the concert with a trio set of taiko and saxophone improvisation. On Ensemble played the second half to a great audience of supporters and fans. It’s always nice to come back and play for the hometown crowd!

Today we’re performing at the Chico World Music Festival at 2 and 5pm. The best part of the festival is that it’s FREE so come by if you are in the Chico area!

On Ensemble at the Chico World Music Festival
CSU Chico

Suzuki Sensei is coming to LATI!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


While Maz and Shoj are off on tour, I’m holding down the fort here at home. Things at Los Angeles Taiko Institute have been fantastic, and I’m pleased to announce that Suzuki Sensei will be coming to the Institute this month to teach an intensive on Shishi Mai (lion dance) and the accompanying music in a workshop on fue (flute) and a workshop on taiko. A number of us will be taking all three. We’re really excited!

Suzuki Sensei’s lion dance emphasizes the cat-like nature of the shishi, with a full range of gestures from high energy hopping and lunging, to licking the fur and napping. In short, we love Suzuki Sensei’s shishi mai! He’s also an amazing musician and accomplished flutist. Maz and Shoj studied flute with Suzuki Sensei, and he performs regularly with Kenny Endo and other taiko greats.

Yuta and the other LATI staff and I will be making practice lion masks for the participants of the two-day intensive, where Suzuki Sensei will give 12 hours of instruction. We plan to make this the beginning of an ongoing relationship with Suzuki Sensei, with annual visits to help us improve our shishi mai and musicality. Join us and start learning from the beginning!

Recent book reviews — September 2014

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014


On Ensemble at POPS Dunsmuir

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

We’ve been having a great tour so far! Started up in Seattle with three WAA showcases then drove all night to get to Bend OR where we performed at Crows Feet Common. On Sunday night we had a great performance at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and will be performing at POPS in Dunsmuir, CA with Jeanne Mercer and Russel Baba of Shasta Taiko this Friday Sept 12th at 7:30pm!

On Ensemble with Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer
Friday Sept 12th, 7:30pm
POPS Dunsmuir
Admission $10
5819 Sacramento Ave.
Dunsmuir, CA

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