2014 / Taiko players from the world to stage in Los Angeles, July 19-20 at Aratani Theatre

Taiko Nation 2014 Concert


The Stroll (2011, composed by Bryan Yamami & Masato Baba) Performed by TAIKOPROJECT (Los Angeles) with special guests: Eiichi Saito (Kodo, Japan), Michelle de Nevares (Argentina), Oliver Kirby (UK), Anton Lock (Australia), Grete Moortgat (Belgium), Lucas Muraguchi (Brazil), and Isabel Romeo (Spain).

Ichi (2011, composed by Taro Kobayashi) Performed by Taro Kobayashi (Tokyo, Japan)

Blazing Soul (2005, composed by Taro Kobayashi) Performed by Taro Kobayashi

Zui Kyo     Performed by Sen-Rai aka Yakara  (Sendai, Japan)

Kai Kyo     Performed by Sen-Rai

Wave Motion of the Earth   Performed by Sen-Rai

A Rock and Hard Place (2011, Composed by Jonathan Kirby) Performed by Kagemusha Taiko (UK)

SlipJig (1998, composed by Jonathan Kirby) Performed by Kagemusha Taiko

Kindred Spirit (1998, composed by Jonathan Kirby) Performed by Kagemusha Taiko, featured soloists, George Howe and Oliver Kirby

Seiza “Constellation” (2010, composed by Emily Yoshihara and Masato Baba) Performed by TAIKOPROJECT, guest dancer Chieko Kojima (Kodo, Japan)

Expanding (2004, composed by Masato Baba, Shoji Kameda, and Bryan Yamami. remixed by David Wells in 2014) Performed by TAIKOPROJECT

Of the Fields (2011, composed by Ian Cleworth) Performed by TaikOz (Sydney, Australia)

Resounding Bell (2003, composed by Riley Lee, Kevin Man, Kerryn Joyce) Performed by TaikOz

Misra (2012, composed by Ian Cleworth) Performed by TaikOz

Shima Musubi (2014, composed by the performers) Performed by Chieko Kojima, Eiichi Saito (Kodo, Japan), and Kaoru Watanabe (New York)

Tsunami (1986, composed by Seiichi Tanaka) Performed by Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka (San Francisco), TAIKOPROJECT, and other guests


Performing Arts
Taiko Nation 2014 Concerts
Saturday, July 19, 8:00pm (Saturday Sold Out)
Sunday, July 20, 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (213) 628-2725.

The world’s top taiko ensembles and performers share the stage for the first time together at “Taiko Nation,” a concert program presented as part of the 2014 World Taiko Gathering.

Hailing from Europe, South America, Japan, Australia, and the U.S., these taiko drummers will shake the stage with their shared taiko passion and energy in a dynamic display as one “Taiko Nation.”

Featured artists in the concerts include Kagemusha Taiko (Exeter, UK), Taro Kobayashi (Tokyo, Japan), members of TaikOz (Sydney, Australia), Chieko Kojima & Eiichi Saito (Sado, Japan), Kaoru Watanabe (New York), Sen-Rai -Yakara (Sendai, Japan), and TAIKOPROJECT(Los Angeles).

In addition to this stellar line-up, surprise guest performers will take to the stage for a bombastic opening collaboration and a spectacular closing finale!

Reserved Seating – Orchestra $35, Balcony $30   www.jaccc.org


Taiko Drum Benefit Concert: Journey of the Koi

Monday, July 21, at 7:00 pm Canceled

El Segundo Performing Arts Center at El Segundo High School, 640 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245

Kento Ito, a survivor of the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, will lead his “Sen-Rai” taiko troupe to El Segundo. “Journey of the Koi” is a symbol of recovery from the disaster.

Advance tickets: $20, $10 for 15 years younger.    At the Door: $25

Brown Paper Tickets: http://koitaiko.bpt.me/    (800) 838-3006


Descanso Gardens: World Rhythms Series 2014 On Ensemble with Chieko Kojima

Tuesday, July 22, 6:00 pm at Main Lawn

1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011  (818) 949-4200   www.descansogardens.org

On Ensemble infuses traditional Japanese taiko drumming with singing, innovative meters and soaring melodies. Folk dancer Chieko Kojima will perform with troupe.