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!
Starting on Jan. 5, 2013, we'll be teaching new taiko classes at the Newport Beach Higashi Honganji Temple for beginner and advanced students! Check out the info flyer here! We'll also be getting ready soon for our February Iowa tour and a few other performances in January; a special event at the Port Pavilion in San Diego, and our third appearance at the Riverside Lunar New Year Festival! After that, we'll be presenting a big concert at the beautiful Soka Performing Arts Center on April 27 in Aliso Viejo! Come on out and join us!
Happy end of 2012 everyone! Yesterday we had a fun Bonenkai with all our student groups--Bombu Taiko, Kitsune Taiko, Loma Pacific Taiko, Tanuki Taiko, and our beginner adult and youth students. Thank you to all the parents, families, and friends for joining us for a fun evening! We have a few weeks off, and then we start 2013 off with a bang!
If you missed Maz's performance on The X Factor last night with Alicia Keys, check out the video from the performance here. Good job Maz! Coming up next week we have two performances back at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, and our last performance of the year at the Mercado La Paloma in downtown LA. Coming up in early 2013, our first Iowa tour, with performances at Central College, the Sondheim Center, and the Wheeler Opera House, as well as a big concert at the beautiful Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo! Come on out and join us for the performances if you're in the area!
Check out The X Factor tonight on Fox at 8 pm! Maz will be performing with pop songstress Alicia Keys as part of the big show!
This weekend we have a collaborative performance with Torque Method at Universal Citywalk, and then next weekend, we have another wedding performance. After that, we'll be doing a special performance of our educational show in Orange County and then heading back to the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. It's been a busy but fun 2012! Thank you to all of the presenters, theatres, performing arts centers, event planners, coordinators, gala dinner organizers, television producers, and everyone else that provided us with opportunities to share what we do and love this year!
2012 is winding down, but we still have a few performances left this year. If you're in the Palm Desert area, we'll be back at the McCallum Theatre on December 6. We have a lot planned for 2013, so stay tuned!
Three gigs this coming weekend! On Friday, we are performing for a special private event in Century City, Saturday we're heading down to Temecula to perform at a wedding, and then Sunday, we are doing an educational program at the Fullerton Public Library at 2:00 pm.
Our Fall Southern tour is almost over! We had fantastic concerts in Nashville, Memphis, and Atlanta and met a lot of great people after each show. Thank you to Cindi and the Buckman Center for the Performing Arts for taking care of us in Memphis, and Jack for all your work on our show in Atlanta's Ferst Center! Maz and David are on their way home with all our equipment, driving from Atlanta back to LA. As of right now, they are making their way through the great state of Texas. Drive safe, guys! See you soon--
So far we are having a great time on the road in Tennessee--thank you to everyone who came out to our concert and workshops in Nashville, and thank you to Ellen Gilbert and the Global Education Center for making it all happen! If you happen to be in the Memphis area, join us for our concert tomorrow at the Buckman Center for the Performing Arts! Or if you're in Atlanta, join us on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Georgia Tech's beautiful Ferst Center for the Performing Arts. We're excited to be making a return appearance in Memphis and our debut in Atlanta, so if you're around, come on out!
Here's a quick run-down for our October touring schedule: Oct. 6 - Grand Park Downtown Block Party, Oct. 7 - Youth Classes Fall Session, Oct. 13 - Fresno Gumyo Taiko 20th Anniversary Concert, Oct. 13 - Go For Broke Foundation Gala Dinner, Oct. 14 - Private Event in Newport Beach, Oct. 15 - Educational Show & Workshop, Cohn School, Nashville, TN, Continuum Concert Program, Cohn School, Nashville, TN, Oct. 18 - Educational Show & Workshop, Buckman Center for the Arts, Memphis, TN, Oct. 19 - Continuum Concert Program, Buckman Center for the Arts, Memphis, TN, Oct. 21 - Surrounding Suns Concert Program, Ferst Center, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 22 - Educational Show, Ferst Center, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 26 - Private Event, Century City, Oct. 27 - Private Event, Ponte Vineyards, Temecula, and Oct. 28 - Educational Show, Fullerton Public Library. Here we go!
We had a fun performance yesterday for the California Asian Business Summit at the beautiful JW Marriott Hotel at LA Live. Thank you to Fresh Events for bringing us out for the closing Gala Dinner!
We're back from Miami, where we had a fun showcase performance for the Performing Arts Exchange Conference! Thank you to all the presenters who came out to see the showcases and safe travels back home! Coming up soon, we have one of our busiest Octobers to date, with 13 performances, 5 workshops, and a new session of youth classes all taking place!
Heading to Miami today to perform at a Juried Showcase for the Performing Arts Exchange Conference. If you're attending the conference, come on by and check out the show! We go on at 7:45 pm on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Colony Theatre, along with nine other fantastic top artists from across the country.
Check out our taiko flash mob performance at the LA Lobster Festival last weekend. There's also some photos online as well!
Thank you to Scott Warren for inviting us to be a part of an epic opening production for the K-1 World Grand Prix Tournament! We had a great time performing along with DJ Ravidrums and look forward to the next collaboration! Special thanks to Jen and Amber for coming out to do some awesome epic hair as well! Check out photos from the show here! Coming up next weekend, we're playing at the Port of LA Lobster Festival, where we are also going to be doing a few surprise taiko flash mob performances! Come on by and enjoy some taiko and lobster!
Tonight you can see Jen and Andrew in a special lion dance/taiko performance on Syfy's Face/Off television show! Special thanks to Jason Nguyen for inviting us to be a part of this fun production! Coming up next, our big 20-drummer production for the K-1 World Grand Prix Tournament at the LA Sports Arena.