Archive for October, 2016

Taiko Heroes 3 – SOLD OUT!

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

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Taiko Heroes 3

8:00 pm, December 3, 2016
Live Arts Los Angeles
4210 Panamint St (on the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90065

TICKETS HERE:  Eventbrite

A time to reflect on the year with current favorites and bring in the new year with new work, Taiko Heroes is returning on December 3rd, 2016 at Live Arts Los Angeles!  This year, On Ensemble is featuring our good friend, Kaoru Watanabe from New York to present new material from his album Néo.  He will be joined by Yuta Sumiyoshi, one of the young featured stars of the iconic Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble Kodo and Fumi Tanakadate, a multifaceted musician based in New York City.

Established in 2002, On Ensemble is one of the most respected ensembles in the taiko (Japanese drumming) world. Led by childhood friends Shoji Kameda and Masato (Maz) Baba, On Ensemble is recognized for infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with a wide range of musical influences from jazz and rock to central asian overtone singing. Their fearless musical exploration has expanded the artistic range of the taiko and has taken these ancient instruments into new realms.

Kaoru Watanabe is one of the most innovative performers on Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums.  He seamlessly combines traditional ritual and theater musics of Japan with the complex compositional and improvisational elements of jazz and other western musics.

Yuta Sumiyoshi entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 2010, and became a Kodo member in 2013.  Despite being a newcomer, he was selected for important soloist positions from his very first tour, including the coveted role of O-daiko.  Known by colleagues as Kodo’s “sound maker,” Sumiyoshi specializes in nimble drumstick work, and is always enhancing the musicality of performance pieces

On Ensemble at Arts Northwest 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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On Ensemble is one of the most respected ensembles in the taiko (Japanese drumming) world. Led by childhood friends Shoji Kameda and Masato (Maz) Baba, On Ensemble is recognized for infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with a wide range of musical influences from jazz and rock to central asian overtone singing. Their fearless musical exploration has expanded the artistic range of the taiko and has taken these ancient instruments into new realms. The group’s unique sound has been praised as “completely original and brilliantly conceived. (Brian Moore, TransformOnline)

Arts Northwest Juried Showcase
Mark Woldson Theater at the FOX
Wednesday, October 12, 20162:45 pm

What presenters are saying:
“On Ensemble brought their virtuosity of the taiko art to the SummerSounds stage. They worked collaboratively, efficiently, and never missed an opportunity to make the performance better. Shoji and the crew were more than accommodating to the production’s musical needs and rose to meet each challenge with enthusiasm and flair. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with On Ensemble again, as their professionalism and mastery in their craft is unparalleled.” – Sarah Little, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

“On Ensemble was a pleasure to present and the concert program was extremely well received by the students and teachers. Infusing the art form of taiko with a myriad of influences, the music is unique and compelling. The members are remarkable musicians and have a true passion for their work. Beyond their energetic music, one highlight of the performance was a question and answer session with the young audience, which the ensemble approached with sincerity and encouragement. With outstanding musicianship and thought-provoking discussion, it was exactly the kind of experience we strive to offer our participants… I would recommend On Ensemble highly for any presenter looking for an engaging and enlightening world-music ensemble.” – Theresa Willis Peters, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

“The Aratani World Series was thrilled to have On Ensemble in our inaugural season. This company delivers a diverse and artistically mind blowing performance. Shoji Kameda does an excellent job contextualizing the program from the stage and every member is spot on in terms of virtuosic technique and theatrical presentation. Audiences jumped to their feet begging for more. A young, energetic program with broad appeal, we were proud to present On Ensemble.” – Judy Mitoma, World Festival of Sacred Music

Represented by:
Rachel Cohen, Cadence Arts Network
Booth number: ANW 37B
ph: 310 701 9191
email: rachel@cadencearts.com
http://www.cadencearts.com

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