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New York wrap up

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


Last weekend I had a great week that culminated in two workshops at the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center in New York City. The first was a workshop on the interlocking rhythms of Lion Chant and second was on mastering Omiyage. The workshops were held at Kaoru’s new beautiful studio in Brooklyn. It was fantastic being there and I’d like to give a huge shout out to Kaoru, Mari, Shinobu and Miki for putting up with me for a week AND for all the great food. Also a huge thank you goes out to the workshop participants who came from as far away as Sydney, central Massachusetts and Long Island.

I also got to see footage of the debut performance of Kaoru’s new taiko group: Ne-O Ensemble. It was really impressive as a debut performance and I’m looking forward to seeing more from New York’s newest odd-grooviest, powerfully hitting, serious walking taiko playing ensemble.

After the weekend I flew back to Los Angeles, Maz picked me up from the airport and went straight to rehearsal for an On Ensemble performance at CSU Channel Islands earlier this week. Spent the rest of the week getting back in the LA routine with the little one. Spent time some quality father daughter time at Descanso, Huntington Gardens and building a giant lego crocodile creature. Good times.

Shoji Kameda is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer and a leading creative force in the taiko world. He can be reached at: shoji(at)

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