SummerSounds Recap

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.

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Awesome backdrop!

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Jammin’ on Lion Chant.

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

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

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Photo op with one of our fans!

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

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