It's been a busy couple of weeks with performances at the Port of LA Lobster Festival, Camp Pendleton, the LA County Fair, and on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier! Coming up next, we'll be doing a few more educational presentations throughout Southern California and heading to the Beverly Center to help kick off the Grand Opening of the Uniqlo store there!
Check out our new 2014 Promotional Video with footage from our mainstage concert at the spectacular Soka Performing Arts Center! We're working on a few more exciting video projects, so stay tuned!
This weekend, we'll be performing at the Port of LA Lobster Festival, so if you're in the mood for taiko and lobster, come on out! Next week Wednesday, we'll be appearing at the LA County Fair, at a gala dinner on the U.S.S. Midway (our first performance on an aircraft carrier) in downtown San Diego, and for a special family event at Camp Pendleton (our first performance at a military base!).
Our Fall Youth Beginning Taiko classes have reached capacity! There are still a few more spaces in our Adult Beginning Taiko classes, though, check out the flyer above for all the details! We are also excited to officially start our second season tomorrow as part of the ArtsTeach program, with three educational presentations at Roger Anton Elementary in San Bernardino! Then we'll be heading to the Port of LA Lobster Festival this weekend, and returning to the LA County Fair next week.
Our Fall Youth Beginning Taiko classes are over half full! Only five spots remain, so if your kid is interested in taiko this Fall, register them today! In other news, our summer run at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has come to an end! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and to everyone who came out to see our performances! Also, Maz and David hit the road yesterday with our equipment to head to Grand Island, Nebraska, for our next performance run, at the Nebraska State Fair! If you're in the vicinity, come on out! We're also looking forward to performing soon as part of the grand openings for the two Uniqlo stores at the South Coast Plaza and the Beverly Center.
We are pleased to announce that registration is open for our Fall Youth Beginning Taiko classes! Check out the flyer above and register your child online today!
We have one more week at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Summer Celebration, come check us out if you feel like seeing some taiko and wild animals! Right after the Safari Park run ends, we head out on the road to Grand Island, Nebraska, for our second year at the Nebraska State Fair. If Nebraska's too far for you, we'll be returning to perform at the Port of LA Lobster Festival in San Pedro on September 13 and 14, come on out!
Things have been busy even though the World Taiko Gathering ended a few weeks ago! Right after the WTG, we headed down to Rancho Bernardo to perform for a special event at Sony Headquarters. Thank you to Bollotta Entertainment for bringing us out again. Then after the Higashi Honganji Obon Festival, we performed as part of a Longo Lexus/Toyota employee meeting and sales challenge where we got to see a behind-the-scenes look at how car executives motivate their staff to sell their product. And just this past weekend, we performed for one of the premiere annual grappling tournaments, Metamoris 4, at the Petersen Automotive Museum, where we we were asked for the first time to not only play for fighter intros, but also to improvise during the matches to add drama and excitement to the fighters. Thank you to Sage for inviting us to be a part of an amazing event!
The World Taiko Gathering is over! Thank you to everyone who attended and everyone who helped make it happen!! Full report to come once we recover. In the meantime, come on down to Higashi Obon this weekend!
Only ten days til the World Taiko Gathering! Over 500 taiko drummers will be descending upon Little Tokyo in downtown LA for three days of workshops, performances, discussions, concerts, and community-building activities. Come on down and be a part of this ground-breaking event!
Yesterday we performed for a special launch for the Ricoh Theta 360 camera in Chinatown. Thank you to Daniel Rosen for inviting us out to perform at such a unique event! In other news, tickets for our Taiko Nation are selling fast, get them while you can!
Starting today, we'll be performing daily at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido. We are playing at 5:15 & 6:15 pm every day until August 17. During the run, we'll be debuting new costumes designed by Kiyomi Hara as well. Come on down, see some animals, and some taiko, too!
There's only five weeks til the 2014 World Taiko Gathering! Starting next Monday, we'll be sending out a weekly newsletter so registrants can see everything that is being planned for an unforgettable and inspiring taiko weekend. If you haven't registered yet, there's still space, so come on down and join us! We are looking for volunteers too, so if you're interested in volunteering, register here!
We have our last 7 educational performances of the school year this week in San Clemente, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Manhattan Beach. Thank you ArtsTeach for an amazing first season, we had a great time performing for schools and students all over Southern California through your fantastic program! In other news, seats for the Saturday night performance of Taiko Nation are moving fast and will likely sell out in the next two weeks. Don't miss what is sure to be one of the most amazing taiko concerts of the decade! And if you haven't checked it out yet, check out Bryan, Andrew, and Brian in the latest music video by Major Lazer featuring Sean Paul entitled "Come On To Me."
Check out our recent blog posts from local performances here--Marengo Elementary, Juliet Morris Elementary,
Rancho Cucamonga Library, the Little Tokyo Library, and the Arigato Bazaar. This coming weekend, we'll be at the Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational at CSUN conducting workshops, and we're still plowing forward with plans for the 2014 World Taiko Gathering and our two-month long run at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!
Spring continues to be busy for TAIKOPROJECT! This weekend, we performed at the Santa Fe Springs Library, and today we perform at the Arigato Bazaar at Centenary Methodist Church with Bombu Taiko and our good friends, Chikara Daiko! Come on by if you're in Little Tokyo. Tomorrow, our feature episode on Ovation TV's The Art Of will air. Check it out!
Yesterday we performed for teachers and school administrators as part of the annual ArtsTeach Showcase at the beautiful Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. Check out our blog about it here! The blog has been pretty active, thanks to BlogMaster Doug. Check out recent posts from different cast members here, including the Oasis Senior Center by Doug, the Lancer Cup by Jenny, and the JABA Gala Dinner by Andrew.
Yesterday we performed for the third straight year at the Lancer Cup at California Baptist University in Riverside. Thank you to Merea for inviting us out again, and look forward to working with you again soon. Today, we head to the Oasis Senior Center in Corona Del Mar for a performance at a special luncheon. On Friday, we'll be heading to Juliet Morris Elementary School in Cypress for three school shows, and on Sunday, we'll be at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival with Bombu Taiko and Kitsune Taiko for a set at 2:45 pm.
Today Ryutaro heads back home to Japan! Thank you, Ryutaro, for an inspiring weekend and for your artistry and dedication to taiko (and chappa)! We look forward to continuing to create with you in the future!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our sold-out concert at LACMA with Ryutaro Kaneko! We had a great time performing for you, and we hope you enjoyed the show! If you attended the show and have some time to take our audience survey, please check it out here! It should only take a few minutes, and we value your ideas and thoughts!
Yesterday, we had a great video shoot for an upcoming music video that will be released in early May--stay tuned for details! Our last major music video project was Thirty Seconds to Mars' Up in the Air video, which now has nearly 20 million views on YouTube. This next one is pretty different, and we didn't even have to wear ski masks!
We are pleased to announce that we are officially SOLD OUT for our April 19 LifeRhythm World Premiere Concert with Ryutaro Kaneko! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets way in advance of the show, and we look forward to seeing you in two weeks! We also were notified that the episode of The Art Of that we are featured in will be airing on Sunday, May 4, on
Yesterday we had a fantastic 12-hour shoot with Ovation TV for an upcoming episode of The Art Of. The episode that we are going to be featured in will air in May, stay tuned for details! In the meantime, less than 40 seats are left for our big concert at LACMA with Ryutaro Kaneko. Get your seats today for our exciting new collaborative show! Finally, registration for our inaugural World Taiko Gathering is now at 56%! Join us for the summer's biggest taiko gathering!
Only about 50 seats are left for our big concert with Ryutaro Kaneko at the LA County Museum of Art! We are also hosting a workshop with Ryutaro in our Little Tokyo studio on Monday, April 21, from 8 - 10 pm entitled "Creating Groove and Phrasing with your Body." Contact us to reserve your spot today!
Congrats to our own Masato Baba and Courtney Deguchi, who are getting married today in Aliso Viejo! Get ready for a taiko-filled wedding, including performances by TAIKOPROJECT, On Ensemble, and Kenny Endo!
Tickets for our big concert with Ryutaro Kaneko at the Bing Theatre at the LA County Museum of Art are selling fast! Half of the seats are filled, but still plenty of good seats are available for our World Premiere concert with Ryutaro. We are excited to present our new collaborative work with Ryutaro at one of the West Coast's most respected arts institutions and we'd love for you to join us!
We are now up to over 200 registrants for the 2014 World Taiko Gathering! Still plenty of space left, but a third of the spaces are filled! Registration information is available on the WTG Website. Don't miss the year's biggest gathering of taiko players from all over the world!
Registration for the 2014 World Taiko Gathering is now open and filling up! Almost 100 taiko players from all over the world have registered already in just the first week of open registration. Check out all the info at the official WTG Website. Tickets are also on sale for our big concert with Ryutaro Kaneko at the Bing Theatre at the LA County Museum of Art. Don't miss it, we're only doing one show, and there are less than 400 seats available!
Registration for the 2014 World Taiko Gathering opens next week on January 14! Join us for this summer's biggest taiko gathering! It will be an amazing weekend filled with workshops with some of the world's taiko masters, one-of-a-kind taiko concerts, and community-building activities!
Registration is now open for our 2014 Spring Taiko Class Session, which will start in early January. We are pleased to offer classes for adults in LA and Orange County. Check out the 2014 Spring Class Flyer for details, or if you're ready to sign up, register online here! Or, give the gift of taiko lessons--it's the perfect holiday gift (according to us)!
December is a little more relaxing for us, but we are hard at work getting ready for two major projects in 2014; our new collaborative concert with Ryutaro Kaneko, scheduled for Saturday, April 19, at LACMA's Bing Theatre, and the first-ever World Taiko Gathering, scheduled for July 17 - 20, in Little Tokyo. Tickets for our show with Ryutaro and registration for the World Taiko Gathering will be available in January, 2014, so check back with us then and hope you can join us for both amazing events!
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
here! If you have time, please give us your feedback, we'd love to hear it!
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!