New Music for Taiko Video

Thinking about new music for taiko, Chad Williams and I made this brief informational video while we were at the 2011 North American Taiko Conference at Stanford University from August 18-21. Included are thoughts from:
  • Kenny Endo (Taiko Center of the Pacific, Hawai’i)
  • George Abe (founding member of Kinnara Taiko, Los Angeles)
  • Roy and PJ Hirabayashi (directors emeritus of San Jose Taiko)
  • Yoshihiko Miyamoto (president of Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, Tokyo) 
  • Masato Baba (artistic director of TAIKOPROJECT, member of On Ensemble, Los Angeles)
  • Michelle Fujii (artistic director of Portland Taiko)
Chad and I interviewed many folks we were not able to include in this short video. There are many other taiko musicians who create new work. Perhaps we can make more videos?

What would you like to hear about generating new work for taiko?
Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation, music for a changing world. He teaches in Performing Arts & Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.

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