Pittsburgh Taiko will head out to North Park Lake for a day of racing and fun at the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, September 30. This free event features food, performances, crafts, and best of all, dragon boat races!
Pittsburgh Taiko will join CMU’s Japanese Student Association in their annual Matsuri event on Tuesday, April 10.
Pittsburgh Taiko is performing at 7 pm, but come early to enjoy Japanese food, games, and a full program of performers. The event runs 3:30-8:00 pm in Wiegand Gymnasium in the Cohon University Center at CMU.
Matsuri is a fundraiser for Minato school, which was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Our next four-week class starts Saturday, March 31 at Winchester Thurston school in Shadyside.
This class is for anyone who wants to learn a new musical skill, needs a unique workout, or just wants to find out what it’s like to hit those big drums! It’s designed for adults and older teens (high school and up), and no previous musical experience is needed.
Register at the link on our workshops page. The page also has more information about what to wear and bring, and what to expect.
The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania is proud to present the Kenny Endo Ensemble Taiko concert at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on Thursday, March 24th at 7PM. He is returning to Pittsburgh as a part of his 40th Anniversary Celebration tour and will be performing as an emsemble with Abe Lagrimas Jr (vibes, ukulele, drumset) and Sumie Kaneko (koto, shamisen, vocals).
Kenny Endo is a world famous taiko drum artist who has the honor of being the first non-Japanese national to receive the title of Natori (stage name and master’s degree) of Hogaku hayashi – traditional drumming. He has performed for Michael Jackson, Princess Di, opened for The Who, and was recorded in motion-capture suit for James Cameron’s “Avatar.”
We’ll be participating in the Lunar New Year Kick-Off Celebration on Saturday, February 6 at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh. The event runs 1-5 PM, and we’ll be performing at 4:30.
For more information about the event, as well as other Year of the Red Fire Monkey festivities taking place in Squirrel Hill, check out Uncover Squirrel Hill’s event page! We hope to see you there!
On Ensemble is at the forefront of the growing taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) community in the United States. Led by childhood friends Shoji Kameda and Masato Baba, On Ensemble has made a name for itself by combining the powerful rhythms and singing of traditional taiko with vibrant jazzy melodies.
The group has achieved recognition worldwide, from being the first American group to have been invited to perform at the prestigious Nihon no Taiko concert series in Japan in 2013, to their three critically acclaimed albums. Their fearless musical explorations have taken the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms and have established a distinctly modern expression for the art form.
The concert will be from 7:00-9:00PM, with doors opening at 6:30PM. Tickets are $20 for JASP members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for children and students with valid I.D. Tickets are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2475571, and will be sold at the door.