Archive for July, 2016

SummerSounds Recap

Friday, July 29th, 2016

On July 18, Sumie flew in and Eien drove in to meet up with Shoji, Abe, and I to start rehearsals for LAPhil’s SummerSounds at the Hollywood Bowl and for ShastaYama.

For SummerSounds, we had two performances everyday from July 25 – July 29 for countless kids and their parents.  It was a challenge for us as we had some acting to do.  Actually, it was more of a challenge for Shoji as he had most of the lines.  Good job Shoji!  In short, the story was about Japanese taiko, our instruments, and our music.  We traveled from Japan to Los Angeles with Smith (the new Summer Sounds guide) to visit Mr. K (the retiring Summer Sounds guide) and convince him to love our music.  Special thanks to the Summer Sounds staff and all the ushers for helping us load in and load up every day!  It was a blast.


Awesome backdrop!


Jammin’ on Lion Chant.


Sumie and Mr. K.  “Mr. K, please don’t improvise on my koto!”


This made me super happy.  The Kodama were hiding in the bamboo in the backdrop!


Photo op with one of our fans!


It’s a wrap!  The ushers helped us every day!  Mr. K was amazing.  We miss you, Smith!

Preparing for SummerSounds

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

We’ve just spent a week preparing for our run of performances at LAPHil’s SummerSounds series. The series is geared for children age 3-11 and it’s hosted by two characters Mr. K and Ms. Smith. We’ve been working with the amazing SummerSounds creative staff to put together this show and it should be a lot of fun. The actors, writer and director have all been fantastic to work with and it’s a very insightful way to introduce world music to young audiences. I’ve also been working on another theatrical project that I’ll post about soon and whenever I work with actors or writers from the theater world in LA I’m just floored by the level of talent in this city.

Later this week we’ll be headed up to Mt. Shasta to perform at Shastayama! I also have a ton of other projects to post about and catch you all up on and we are starting the process of redesigning the website. Will be posting more soon!





On Ensemble performing at SummerSounds at the Hollywood Bowl

Sunday, July 24th, 2016


Next week we’ll be performing at the Hollywood Bowl as a part of LAPhil’s SummerSounds. SummerSounds is a fun-filled four week series of lively concerts, combined with art workshops. Each concert is hosted by the dynamic duo of Mr. K and Ms. Smith who lead you on a journey to discover music dance and art from cultures all around the world!

We’ll be performing next week from July 25-29 twice daily at 10:00am and 11:15am. Tickets are $16 and more info can be found at:

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