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Ogden concert wrap-up

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

We had a great performance at Peery’s Egyptian Theater on Friday the 13th! We had a great time in Ogden and a huge thank you goes out to Diane Stern and Weber State University Cultural Affairs for bringing us out to Ogden and for the great dinner and hospitality! Also a huge thank you goes out to John Snow and the great tech staff at the Egyptian Theater. They were a pleasure to work with and made all the technical aspects of the performance run very smoothly.





After recovering from the Aratani World Series concert we rehearsed for a few days and drove from Los Angeles to Ogden in one shot. We loaded into the theater that night and though it might seem like a long day to drive 13 hours then load-in and sound check it honestly felt like a day off compared to the new baby schedule at home!

On friday morning we had a great educational outreach performance for over 600 grade school students at the theater. It’s always great performing for kids and doing educational outreach. It’s something that we believe is important for the future of the arts and for the future of taiko plus it’s just fun playing music for a bunch of kids. It’s also great seeing their enthusiasm when we give a few of them a chance to play on the taiko. Later that evening we had a great concert for a very enthusiastic audience. We have to give a big shout out to all the Salt Lake City and Ogden area taiko people who came out to the show. Especially Alice who thoughtful brought 4 beautiful bento for us and Bo and Ron for their great hospitality and help post-concert!





Up Next: Ogden UT, Monument CO and Casper WY

Monday, February 9th, 2015


After a fantastic performance at the Aratani World Series we are hitting the road for a series of performances in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming! Should be a great set of concerts!

Ogden UT
On Ensemble at Perry’s Egyptian Theater
Friday Feb 13th 7:30pm
Tickets: $20/$15
Weber State University
Peery’s Egyptian Theater
415 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT 84401

Palmer Lake CO
On Ensemble Live at the Tri-Lakes Center For The Arts
February, 15 2015
Doors at 2pm – Concert at 3pm
Tri-Lakers Center for the Arts
304 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133
Tickets: $15

Casper WY
FREE On Ensemble Concert!
Wednesday Feb 18th 7:30pm
John F Welsh Auditorium
Natrona County High School
930 S Elm St
Casper, WY 82601

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

On Ensemble at Freight and Salvage

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Bay Area people! On Ensemble will be performing at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on Sunday September 7th at 8:00pm! Tickets are $21 advanced/$23 at the door and available through the Freight and Salvage website.

On Ensemble in concert at Freight and Salvage
Sunday Sept 7th 8:00pm
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
ph: (510) 644-2020 /

On Ensemble with Sumie Kaneko at the Getty Center

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

We had a great weekend of performances at the Getty Center for the Sounds of LA series with special guest Sumie Kaneko. The performances were free and reservations for tickets for both shows were sold out. Personally I couldn’t think of a better series to play for than “Sounds of LA”. I always feel like On Ensemble has a very Los Angeles sound. We are all about the particular mix of cultures and influences that happen here in SoCal. Where else would a taiko, throat singing, drum kit, koto, shamisen, vibraphone playing band seem so natural?

We brought out a special guest Sumie Kaneko from NY for this performance and it was really great performing with her. I had performed with her for a separate project in Houston but this was the first time she came to perform with On Ensemble and it was a perfect match. Sumie really adds a whole other layer of possibility and depth to our music and I’m really excited about working with her again in the future.

Lastly we’d like to give a shout out to Sabrina and Laurel for bringing us to the Getty Center. To Sarah, Caitlin and Tony for taking such good care of us and to Chris, Gus, Michael and Bill for making us sound and look great on stage! Thank you!

Also thank you to Kim, Ayano and Joe for volunteering and helping us sell merch! Kim also took these great photos of the performance and rehearsal. Thanks Kim!



Boo for dropped batchi, yay for risk taking

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Well, the Kokuritsu Gekijyo show has ended. Things went smoothly for the most part, and the show was really great. All the groups were really unique and the theater staff were amazing. It was a really great honor to be there and to be a part of the show.

Everything was great… save a wardrobe malfunction in Jack Bazaar. My obi came undone during the crazy bachi sharing stuff, causing us to drop a batchi and my mic pack to come lose. I had to stop and take the mic off. And Maz and I messed up both ITC and Tar Pits, despite our feeling really good about it in recent rehearsals. Alas… Such is the pain of being an artist-in-development.

But I’ll take the embarrassment and disappointment over playing it safe. Here’s to risk taking. And a second try on Oct 3! Now to find practice space in Tokyo…

Biking to Invitationals – Day 3

Saturday, May 25th, 2013


Day 3
miles today: 45.3
total miles: 160.2
mood: Inspired!
highlight: Beethoven’s Eroica by the San Diego Symphony.

I made it to San Diego! It was a delightful day of scenic riding interspersed with stops at vegan restaurants. My appetite seems to have caught up with me so I picked a good day for hot meals.

Unfortunately, at about mile 15 today, my rear wheel started making a bit of a grinding noise. I’ve heard something similar when I had a broken axle. The bike shop owner said, “If I take it apart, it will only go back together fixed, and I’m not confident I have the part.” Me: “Would you ride it to LA?” Him: “Nope.”

So my return trip will likely be bus or Amtrak. I’m disappointed to not try my first 70+ mile day… and my painstakingly tailored maps go to waste! But I’m stopping while I’m ahead. This has been an absolutely wonderful way to travel. New rule for workshops: distances of 150 miles or fewer, ride!

Biking to Invitationals – Day 2

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013


Day 2
miles today: 63.7
total miles: 114.9
mood: Satisfyingly tired.
highlight: The portion of Old Pacific Highway that’s been converted into a beautiful (and wide!) bike path.

Riding through San Onofre State Park was nice, and making my way through the military base was fine. I’m not sure whether it’s because it’s day two, or because 60 miles is really different than 50 miles, but I’m much more tired today. Nothing hurts in a bad way though, so a long night of sleep should set me right.

Assuming everything goes well, I’ll reach UCSD tomorrow afternoon, then continue south to downtown San Diego to see Joshua Bell with the San Diego Symphony. A reward for another 60+ mile day!

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