Thank you to Arroyo Elementary for bringing us out yesterday! We had a great time performing for your students and their families. Just a couple more rehearsals and then we take off a couple of weeks for the holiday season. In the meantime, we are busy getting ready to launch registration for the 2014 World Taiko Gathering in January.
Happy Thanksgiving from TAIKOPROJECT! We are thankful to all of our taiko teachers and performers who have influenced us and helped us become the group we are today, as well as all our students, and all our supporters, friends and family who have kept us going all these years! Check out our new and improved Official Photo Galleries on Flickr. We just updated it with our Fall 2013 performances and tours.
Thank you to Santiago Elementary School in Santa Ana for bringing us out for five school programs this week! We had a great time performing for your students and teachers. Just a few final performances and then we close out 2013 and start working on 2014 shows and projects!
Thank you to Ryutaro Kaneko for coming out for an amazing residency! We are looking forward to presenting the World Premiere of our collaborative concert in Spring, 2014, stay tuned for details! Other than that, we've been busy moving forward plans for the first-ever World Taiko Gathering, and it is going to be an amazing event. Stay tuned for registration information, coming in January, 2014 and don't miss it!
We are just finishing up a fantastic residency with Ryutaro Kaneko at the Asano Taiko U.S. Studios! At the end of November, we will be announcing the date and exciting venue in which we will be premiering our new collaborative concert next Spring. Up next, we'll be performing five educational programs at the Santiago Elementary School in Santa Ana, and at a special wedding in Long Beach.
We just got back from performing in a juried showcase at the Arts Northwest Conference in Tacoma, Washington. Coming up next, Ryutaro Kaneko returns to Los Angeles as we continue developing a full collaborative concert. He will also be teaching chappa and katsugi okedo workshops at the Asano Taiko US studios on November 5 & 6. Check out the Ryutaro Workshop Flyer for details!
Thank you to Jared, Shannon, Tomo, and the Thirty Seconds to Mars production staff for inviting us out to perform at the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. Also, thank you to the Go For Broke Foundation for inviting us out to kick off their annual gala dinner again at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA. And, thank you to Quetzal for inviting us out to perform and jam with the band, Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, and Medusa. It's been a busy week, and today we're off to Tacoma, Washington, to perform at a juried showcase for the Arts Northwest Conference. Then, in a couple of weeks, we welcome Ryutaro Kaneko back to Los Angeles for a week-long creative residency. As part of the residency, Ryutaro will be teaching chappa and katsugi okedo workshops at the Asano Taiko US studios on November 5 & 6. We will be posting details soon, but don't miss your chance to learn from one of the top taiko masters in the world, right here in Southern California!
Thank you to Bonnie and the staff of Sun River for welcoming us to your community in St. George, Utah, this past week! We had a great time performing for you all, and it was probably some of the nicest accommodations and food we have been provided on tour ever! We're back home in LA again, and getting ready for a big concert with Thirty Seconds to Mars at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. We also performed this week at the Top of the World Elementary School in Laguna Beach as part of the Segerstrom Center's ArtsTeach program.
Just finished up a crazy weekend of performances! This past Wednesday, we had our final performances of the summer fair season with four sets at the LA County Fair. Then we headed down to San Diego to perform with Thirty Seconds to Mars at the 91X X-Fest. The next morning, a team drove out to Las Vegas to perform with the band again at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, while another team stayed back in LA to perform at a special wedding in Orange. Coming up next, we are heading out to St. George, Utah, to perform at the SunRiver Community, and then we'll be getting ready to head up to the Pacific Northwest to perform at the Arts Northwest Performing Arts Conference.
We just had an exciting first day of youth classes yesterday, with five new students in our Youth I Beginning Taiko Class and twelve new students in our Youth II Beginning Taiko Class. Welcome to all our new youth taiko students and parents! We also welcomed a few new students at our taiko classes at the Newport Beach Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Costa Mesa, and tonight, we welcome five new students to our Adult Beginning Taiko Class in Little Tokyo.
Today, David and Liz return to Los Angeles with the TP van after our two-week run at the Nebraska State Fair! Great job to the Nebraska 4; Jen, Jenny, David, and Liz for bringing taiko to the good people of Nebraska. And special thanks to the Fair for bringing us out, and to Hop (Moab Taiko Dan) and the Kimuras (Denver Taiko) for taking care of the drivers both on the way out and back from Grand Island, Nebraska! Up next, we have a number of local performances in September and then in October we head out to St. George, Utah for one concert, and then up to Tacoma, Washington for a juried showcase at the Arts Northwest Conference. In November, we welcome back to LA Ryutaro Kaneko, with whom we are continuing our collaborative work, funded by The Japan Foundation, culminating in a full concert next June, 2014!
Thank you to Steve Hamamoto and the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation for bringing us out for their fundraising concert last weekend! We had a great time meeting all your patrons and wish you all the best of luck on Phase 2 of construction! We also had fun with reporter Tina Macuha on a Good Day Sacramento news feature before the show. Also, the Nebraska Four (Jen, Liz, Jenny, and David) are midway through their 10-day run at the Nebraska State Fair and shot a local news feature on Nebraska TV/ABC. We also had our first three performances as part of the ArtsTeach Roster at the Vista Verde Elementary School in Irvine yesterday. Special thanks to all the teachers and students for welcoming us to your school!
We are pleased to announce our Fall 2013 Taiko Class Schedule, with new beginning classes for youth and adults! We are trying out a new Online Registration Form too, to make it even easier for you to start your taiko journey! Check out the informational flyer here! In other news, we have a big concert this Friday at the Redlands Bowl. Come on out if you're in the area!
Thank you to Imagination Entertainment for bringing us down yesterday for a special event at the San Diego Zoo and also to Jim Hall and Michael Bell for featuring us at the LA Waterfront Summer Festival! This is your last weekend to come check us out at the OC Fair, so come on by if you feel like some taiko and crazy fair food. The rest of August is packed, too! On Aug. 15, we'll be at the Redlands Bowl, from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2, we'll be at the Nebraska State Fair, and on Aug. 24, we're doing a special benefit concert for the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation.
Thank you to everyone who came out to see TP and all our student groups this past weekend at the Higashi Honganji Obon Festival! And thank you to all our supporters who worked in the udon kitchen and somen booth to make sure all the Obon visitors had their fill of noodles over the weekend! Coming up next, we're heading into our third week at the OC Fair, and getting ready for performances at the LA Waterfront Summer Festival, the San Diego Zoo, the Redlands Bowl, the Nebraska State Fair, and the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation!
We are pleased to announce that in association with the JACCC, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, we will be coordinating the first-ever World Taiko Gathering next year, from July 18-20, 2014. We look forward to hosting taiko groups from all over the world in our home in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo next summer. There will be numerous workshops, performances, concerts, discussion sessions, community-building activities, and more!
Our OC Fair run is about to start its third week! Come join us at the Fair if you're free! Also, this weekend join us at the Higashi Honganji Obon Festival in Little Tokyo on July 27 and 28! Finally, we will be making an exciting announcement tomorrow, stay tuned!
Today we're starting a month-long run at the Orange County Fair! There are five performances a day from 3:30 - 7:30 pm in different places each time at the fair. Come find us, and enjoy a funnel cake, bacon-wrapped pickle, humungous turkey leg...mmmm. This weekend, we're also heading up to perform for the first time at the Fresno Obon Festival. Come visit us there if you're in the area! Also, in a couple of weeks, join us at the Higashi Honganji Obon Festival in Little Tokyo at our home temple on July 27 and 28!
Did you come to our Rhythmic Relations 2013 concert this past weekend? If you didn't have a chance to fill out and submit our Audience Survey, you can do it online
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Thank you to everyone who came out to Rhythmic Relations 2013! Great job to all the performers, big thanks to our tech staff and everyone at the Ford Theatres, and a great big thank you to our amazing guest artist Amir Sofi! Thank you to all of our awesome BaseBeat 2013 donors, supporters, friends and family who helped us put on another show!
Things aren't slowing down, though! We have one of our busiest summers to date coming up with performances in July and August at the OC Fair, the Skirball Center, Fresno Obon Festival, our home Higashi Obon Festival, the San Diego Zoo, the LA Waterfront Summer Festival, the Redlands Bowl, the Nebraska State Fair, and the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation!
FIVE days until Rhythmic Relations 2013! It's one night only, and your only chance to check out the world premiere of David Wells' new song, Obvious Designs! Come on out, otherwise David will be sad.
Only NINE days until Rhythmic Relations 2013! Don't miss the debut of our latest creative endeavors, including collaborations with Middle Eastern master drummer Amir Sofi, and new songs by Maz and David! Less than 500 seats remain in the 1200-seat amphitheatre, get your tickets today! Hope to see you at the show!
Thank you to Naruwan Taiko and San Diego Taiko for hosting us for a workshop last week, and congratulations to UCSD Asayake Taiko on a successful Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational! We had a great time teaching in San Diego and seeing how the collegiate taiko community has grown over the years. Also, big thanks to all the folks at Bar Sinister for bringing us out for our fourth performance there in the last seven years! Performances at Bar Sinister are always one of our most memorable ones! Up next, we will be performing at Maxwell Elementary School in Duarte, and for a special wedding in Pasadena at the luxurious Langham Hotel. And, there is less than a month to Rhythmic Relations 2013! Over half of the house has been sold! Do you have your tickets yet?
Our whirlwind week-long tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars is now over, and the band is off to Europe for a seven-week tour. Check out our performances with the band on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live here! Coming up next; a few of us are heading down to San Diego to teach workshops at the 19th Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational, as well as with Naruwan Taiko, and the rest of the cast will be performing on Saturday, May 25 at the Bar Sinister Butterfly Ball. Come join us, and bring your fairy wings!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our performances this weekend with Thirty Seconds to Mars at the KROQ Weenie Roast at the Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and the Live 105 BFD at the Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre! Also, special thanks to the producers of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles' Voice Awards for featuring us in your event, and to Jenny at Get U.S. Destination Event Management for bringing us out to Orlando (and thanks to Take and Yuko Ishikura for renting us your fantastic drums)! Tomorrow, you can catch us at the Segerstrom Center's ArtsTeach Artist Showcase, but if you stay up late enough tonight, you can catch us performing with Thirty Seconds to Mars on Jimmy Kimmel Live. This Saturday, May 25, catch us at Bar Sinister's infamous dark Butterfly Ball, if you dare.
We are gearing up for rehearsals with Thirty Seconds to Mars for performances this weekend at the KROQ Weenie Roast at the Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and the Live 105 BFD at the Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre. After that we are performing for the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles' annual awards dinner on May 19, for a special private event in Orlando's Disney World Dolphin Hotel on May 20, the Segerstrom Center's ArtsTeach Artist Showcase on May 22, and conducting workshops at the Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational and for Naruwan Taiko in San Diego on May 24-25. Then we return to Bar Sinister for the first time in four years to perform for their Butterfly Ball on May 25. Swing on by to see TP in a truly...unique (to say the least) venue!
We are pleased to announce that we have just recently been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Japan Foundation for some exciting upcoming TP programs! More news to come, but we wanted to share the great news and thank all of our supporters over the years for keeping us going. Thank you, everyone! We hope to continue sharing our unique brand of American taiko with audiences all over the world, and with your encouragement, we will make it happen!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our concert at the Soka Performing Arts Center last week! We had an amazing time and thank you to Mr. David Palmer, the General Manager, for inviting us to perform for your patrons. Now we're back to getting ready for Rhythmic Relations 2013 and tickets are selling fast. The house is half-sold already, so get your tickets today--there are still plenty of good seats to the show. Also, did you know you can picnic at the Ford before the show? You can also order box dinners, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and there's plenty of beer and wine on-site, too! Check out all your gustatory options here!
The full "Up in the Air" music video is now online, and received over 2.5 million views in its first week on YouTube. Check out the video here! We are busy putting the final touches on our concert program scheduled for this Saturday, April 27 at the Soka Performing Arts Center. Use the promo code "LIVEINLA" to get 25% off tickets. Tickets are also available for our big summer Rhythmic Relations 2013 show, come on by and see some of our new work!
Check out the new teaser video from Thirty Seconds to Mars featuring some of the TP guys! The full video releases later this week, so stay tuned. In other news, tickets are now on sale for Rhythmic Relations 2013, check out the website here and hope you can join us! If you happen to be in the Aliso Viejo area at the end of April, join us for our next big concert at the beautiful Soka Performing Arts Center on April 27.
Want the best seats in the house for our upcoming Rhythmic Relations concert on Saturday, June 29, at the Ford Amphitheatre, and help us defray production expenses? Be a part of our awesome BaseBeat Donors! Our BaseBeat donors get access to the best seats in the house, invitation to our post-show reception, and numerous other perks. Check out the BaseBeat 2013 Donor Form here, and thank you for your support!
Today Maz, Bryan, and Scott are doing a site visit at the Soka Performing Arts Center in preparation for our concert there on April 27. We're also getting ready for a number of April performances in Las Vegas, Monterey Park, Riverside, and Carlsbad, and working on new songs and arrangements for Rhythmic Relations 2013. Tickets for our big Rhythmic Relations home concert will go on sale in mid-April, hope you can join us!
Thank you to Keiko Tsurumi-Kirby for bringing us out to Long Beach Polytechnic High School this week! We had a great time performing for your students. Today we are splitting the cast and performing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a gala dinner, and up in Bakersfield for a Bellydance Festival. We're also busy getting ready for our show at the Soka Performing Arts Center on April 27 and working on new songs and arrangements for Rhythmic Relations 2013. Save the date and join us on Saturday, June 29, at the Ford Amphitheatre!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our performance at the Japanese American National Museum for their Target Free Family Saturdays yesterday! And also, thanks to Alexa for coordinating everything. This coming week, we have performances at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a special event, and up in Bakersfield for a Bellydance Festival! We're also busy getting ready for a major concert at the beautiful Soka Performing Arts Center, coming up on April 27!
We just got our photos from our recent shoot with Soupy B! Check out our new member profile photos on our personnel page or check out our concert shots in our Picasa Gallery. You can also read Bryan's blog about the creative process and take a look behind-the-scenes here. In other news, Brian, Doug, and Andrew are on-set for a video shoot today, and you can find us next Saturday, March 9, at the Japanese American National Museum for their Target Free Family Saturdays!
We are pleased to announce that TAIKOPROJECT is signing on to the California Artists Management roster for the performing arts and university presenter market! We would like to extend a big thank you to Kamstar Artist Management for representing us over the past few years. Thank you, Katherine!
And we're back from our Iowa tour! Thank you to everyone who made the tour possible--Ruston and Cevin at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Treva at Central College, and Ken and Brandi Ann at the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield. Also, thank you to the Nebraska-Iowa taiko community for coming out to our shows! Shouts out to Kokyo Taiko of Lincoln, Nebraska, and the JASI Taiko Club out of Des Moines, Iowa.
Happy Valentine's Day from TAIKOPROJECT! We are currently in Greenfield, Iowa, for our last stop on a fantastic Iowa tour. We started off with a great show at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center--thank you Ruston, Cevin, and staff for all your efforts to bring us to Fairfield! Then we spent a few days in Pella, Iowa, at Central College. Special thanks to Treva and all the folks at Central College for all your help putting on our show there as well as workshops and lecture-demonstrations. Right now, we're getting ready for two more school shows in Greenfield, and then a big concert at the Warren Cultural Center. We hear there are only about thirty tickets left, so if you're planning to come, get your tickets soon!
Today we hit the road for our two-week Iowa tour! First, we're making stops with our taiko family across the country--in Las Vegas with Korabo Taiko, Southern Utah with Moab Taiko Dan, and just east of the Rockies with Denver Taiko. Our first stop once we get to Iowa is at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, then we head to Central College, and finish up the tour at the new Warren Cultural Center. This is our first tour to Iowa, so we are excited to share taiko with the good people of the Hawkeye State!
Whew! We had a long day at the Japan America Theatre, shooting new promo photos for 2013. Thank you to everyone who made it happen; Scott LeGrand for being our awesome TD and Lighting Designer, David Cheetham of Korabo Taiko for building an awesome okedo body for our new drum, Chris and Jen for staffing the theatre for us, Soupy B for being a great photographer, David Ibara of Avid Digital for manufacturing some amazing stage fabrics for us, Qris Yamashita for designing those banners, Doug and Brian for picking up all the food, and thanks to the TP cast for spending a long day jumping, posing, drumming, and smizing for the camera. Stay tuned, we'll post photos when we get them edited in the next couple of weeks!
Thank you to May and everyone at the Riverside Lunar New Year Festival for inviting us to perform again this year! Congratulations on another great festival. Now it's crunch time--we're getting ready for a big new shoot this weekend for new promotional photos and we hit the road for Iowa on Tuesday! Lots more to come, stay tuned for more exciting news!
We are pleased to announce that we will be conducting an audition for potential new trainees on February 24 for the first time in almost three years! Interested in being a part of TAIKOPROJECT? Check out the Audition Notice and Application here! Applications are due by February 15, 2013.
Thank you to Leila and Gabriel of Background Productions for bringing us out to San Diego last weekend to perform for a special event for Illumina.
We are pleased to announce that we are now working with Capitol International Productions for booking in the fair and theme park markets! After our month-long run at the Orange County Fair in 2008, we thought we could tap into a new market that would bring taiko to more audiences here in the United States. It's taken a few years to get things together, but we are proud to be joining with this well-known and respected agency. Besides the OC Fair this summer, hopefully soon you can see us at a fair or theme park near you!
Happy New Year, everyone! Tomorrow, we start a new round of taiko classes at a new location at the Newport Beach Higashi Honganji temple! We have some summer news too: we will be returning to the Orange County Fair in July as a strolling act. We have much planned for 2013, so stay tuned for more exciting updates!