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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!

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On Ensemble arrives in Tokyo

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

After arriving at Narita with our gear, being denied sending equipment by takkyuubin (Japanese UPS, won’t take “instruments”), and subsequently being saved by Saburo-san’s wife, Yumiko-san, with a ride to our hotel, we’ve settled in here in Tokyo. Our first day was a whirlwind of wonderful things. Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten took us to their storage facility to pick the instruments we’ll be borrowing for the Kokuritsu Gekijyo performance. The facility is full of hundreds and hundreds of drum bodies in production, stacked on gargantuan moving shelves, plus an assortment of finished drums and stands. It’s a miraculous place and I feel so lucky to have seen it.

After picking our equipment, we loaded in at Kokuritsu Gekijyo, spiked the stage, and then rehearsed a bit on the third floor. We worked out an arrangement of Jack Bazaar including Chris and Daisuke of Amanojyaku and I’m really excited about it. They have a few Midare-esque solo bits, and then have worked out a wonderful take on the ending of the piece, with moments where their movements and rhythms interlock with ours. It’s going to be really fun!

So the trip is off to a great start. We’re headed to Miyamoto Studio to practice with Kenny this morning, and then big-group rehearsal at Kokuritsu this afternoon. Thank you to Yoshi, and Ai, and Kudo-san, and Watanuki-san, and Yumiko-san, and everyone here!

Wow, it worked!

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Taiko at CicLAvia was a success! Thanks to the CicLAvia organizers and to Tomomi, Jason, Kuni, Mark, Courteny, Stacey, Yuri, Emima, Jonathan, Dan, Maz, and Kim for helping us make it happen. Videos and photos coming after some sleep!

The Brahmin and The Tiger – Closing Weekend!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

This next weekend is the closing weekend for the wonderful production I’m in called “Brahmin and the Tiger”. This show is directed by long time friend, John Miyasaki, who helped start off TAIKOPROJECT. He’s had a vision of creating a show with folktales from Asia and the Pacific. It’s finally here and he’s asked me to create some live music which includes Jen Baik, David Wells, and myself. I’m very proud to be a part of this production and I strongly encourage you to check it out.

Inner-City Arts
The Rosenthal Theater
720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Entrance at 7th and Merchant St
www.inner-cityarts.org

Tickets: $25, Seniors $20, Students $15
http://companyofangels.org/the-brahmin-the-tiger

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, August 24 at 8pm
Saturday, August 25 at 2pm
Saturday, August 25 at 8pm
Sunday, August 26 at 2pm / Closing Performance

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TAIKOPROJECT Home Show This Weekend!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I will be performing with TAIKOPROJECT this Saturday at our home show, Rhythmic Relations 2012. This year, we’re calling our second half “The Remix Show”. We’re “remixing” some of our favorite taiko songs out there in the taiko community. It’s going to be a blast!

TAIKOPROJECT, Rhythmic Relations 2012

Saturday, June 30, 8pm

Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA

http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/358

Thank you El Camino College!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

I’ve just returned from the load-out following our concert at El Camino College. The crew there was great, and really loving audience members turned out, despite the inauspiciously-timed Laker game. Thank you, On Ensemble fans!

Thank you to Jerry, Kenny, Katy (shoot, I think it was Katy…. our great “A2”!), and all the other stage crew, and Terri, Barbara, and Hector for all their prep work on the show. It was a joy to work with you all!

Good in Gardena is today!

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Yahoo! Today is the big day! The performers are all here, the new pieces are practiced, the battle prep is complete, fresh tofu is cooking, and lunch is under way!

Although the lunch is sold out, tickets will be available at the door for the 2pm concert. And the 1:15pm battle is outdoors and open to the public. Please come!

Daylight Savings Time is tomorrow!

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Aaargh! So sorry I didn’t notice this sooner. Tomorrow, March 11, the day of all the Good in Gardena events… is the day we jump forward an hour for daylight savings. Sheesh… the best laid plans…

Please note the time change and let others know as well. See you tomorrow!

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