Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

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!



Soba Bowl

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

It all started from a text from my mom. She had just heard an NPR story about Sonoko Sakai’s quest for soba and teaching soba making workshops in LA and knew it would be something I’d be interested in. I immediately took to the internet and found her website and signed up for her next soba making workshop. I love soba and in my on going quest to get geekier about food the opportunity to learn how to make homemade soba was something I couldn’t pass up! It wasn’t until two days after I signed up for the class did I realize it was on Super Bowl Sunday right during the game. I mean I love football and all but soba vs. football is no competition. So off I went to the soba making class.

There is a lot of overlap between cooking and music. Both are about improvisation, aesthetic and craft. There are so many parallels that I firmly believe that taking cooking more seriously has made me a better musician and I can apply many of the things I’m thinking about music to my cooking. Of course I’m far from the first musician who fancies himself a chef… I often wonder if chefs also fancy themselves musicians…

One of the many things I’m constantly working on as a musician is to be able to do something very simply very well. It’s not really in my nature to gravitate toward simplicity. I’m much more prone to over think and over complicate things. Though recently I’ve started to understand more deeply the beauty of doing something simply very well. It has also occurred to me fairly recently that I should work on this in my food as well.

All these ideas have been swirling around in my head and they crystalized into a plan when I read my mom’s text. I’ll do it with soba! I had already started trying to prepare dashi from scratch. Eien had already been doing this and during our last trip to Japan we took a trip to the Narita fish market with his father to find a bonito shaver so I could shave my own katsuobushi. I now have a dream to make the perfect bowl of soba before I die. Not sure if I’ll ever get there but I’m sure the journey will be well worth it.

If you interested in taking soba workshop Sonoko will be teaching a workshop in Highland Park on Feb 22nd. Find out more at on her website

I was going to post a pic of my noodles but they were embarrassingly bad! They did taste good but I definitely must up my game. Right now I’m not even a padawan learner. I’m like a level zero soba ninja with a -3 skill check penalty. Sheesh.

Works In Progress at the Miles Memorial Playhouse

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Come join us in the new year for our final Works In Progress concert of the season! We’ll be performing at the Miles Memorial Playhouse on Saturday January 18th at 8:00pm.

Our Works In Progress concerts are the foundation of our creativity. They allow On Ensemble to experiment, to push our boundaries, and deepen our musical exploration. For this final Works In Progress concert we’ll be joined Yuta Kato, David Wells, Kaz Mogi and Jason Osajima and will be featuring some larger ensemble versions of the pieces we’be been working on. Should be a lot of fun and a great way to cap our Works In Progress season.

Work In Progress 2014
Saturday Jan 18th
Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90503

Tickets: $5 students/seniors $10 adults
Reservations: (310) 458-8634 or email name, date, number of tickets and phone number to

World City – Kuniko and On Ensemble

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Come see us perform for free this Saturday at 11:00am and 12:30pm!  We’re performing with Japanese storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto at the Music Center’s World City series.  This is a great one to bring your kids to!

World City features internationally renowned artists in admission-free performances on select Saturdays at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

All tickets are free and are distributed on Grand Avenue at 2nd Street. Tickets for 11:00am performance distributed beginning at 10:00am. Tickets for 12:30pm performance distributed beginning at 11:00am.

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