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Okage sama de

Okage sama de: I am who I am, because of you. It is with mixed feelings that I publicly announce my resignation from my post as Artistic Director and Performer with Midnight Taiko in Calgary. I leave with a great sense of appreciation, especially to those who invested their time

Midnight Taiko in Concert

A year in the making: Midnight Taiko in Concert was a sound success! What began as an idea to celebrate Midnight’s tenth anniversary, came to life on stage at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks theatre in 2018! It took a few years to get the project off the ground, and then another

LA Trip: Unit One/Miyake Taiko

Taiko Trip to Los Angeles! I was excited to have company on this trip: my good friends Lisa and Eric. We have been performing together since the Calgary Zoo Orchestra days (2011?), and I’ve been performing with each of them for many years before. Eric and I are Edmonton Youth

Alberta Band Association, Cochrane Music Society Collaboration

So many of my conversations with new (or new-ish) colleagues begin with “You play taiko??”. It’s a great ice-breaker to push beyond small talk with fellow musicians that extends beyond everyday conversation. One such conversation was with Adam Mailman, director of Cochrane Music Society’s Band on the Bow. We were

MRU Winter Recital

Year Two of Taiko at the MRU Conservatory has seen much growth and development. Beginner Taiko was probably the largest area of growth. There were two Beginner classes during the Fall Semester, who worked on basic taiko technique, and learned a few entry-level pieces.  There was 21 students; a mixture

Winter Calendar

Very excited for the feature in the Winter 2018 calendar at Mount Royal University Conservatory! The cover features an outline of a taiko player, and then a short written piece and photo in the Worl Music section where the classes are listed. Registration is open for classes beginning Feb 2018.

Mochitsuki

As a child, I did not like mochi. I remember my grandmother offering me one of her treats, and my young eyes saw the dark brown filling (red bean is a surprise when you are expecting chocolate!) and the white powder sprinkled on top (flour is a surprise when you

Tanya Tagaq in the Bella Concert Hall

Have you ever taken a step back and looked at a snapshot of your life and said: “Wow. Is this real?”  I’ve said this phrase a few times this year, but I think this particular experience tops them all so far. Tanya Tagaq’s music is “rooted in Inuit throat singing

TEDxCalgary

Performing for a local TedxCalgary was a lot of fun! Performing with Midnight Taiko, we opened the day with a bang, and then we also played after lunch to begin the afternoon sessions. It was really interesting to hear the other speakers and have taiko a part of the event!

Carmen Remixed: Music Video and Album Release

Carmen Remixed blew my mind. So much talent, so much collaboration with other arts … I was truly honoured to be a part of this project. Calgary soprano Michelle Minke wanted to include taiko on her album Expect the Unexpected: “Pushing the boundaries of classical opera and making a career out

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