Annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitationals

It’s almost time for the Annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitationals!

This year will mark the 19th event, which will be hosted by our friends at UCSD, Asayake Taiko.  The first invitationals was held in Stanford, CA among the three first collegiate taiko groups: Stanford Taiko, UCLA’s Kyodo Taiko, and UCI’s Jodaiko.  Now, there are 14 groups, some coming as far as Oregon!

There will be two free concerts, which are open to the public.

We are looking forward to expanding our taiko knowledge, meeting new and old friends, and just having a fun, taiko-filled weekend!…

Pacific Media Expo

A heads up!  We’ll be performing and holding a workshop at Pacific Media Expo, or PMX, this Saturday, November 10, from 10AM to 12PM.  Come over the the Hilton Los Angeles Airport to experience some awesome taiko; you might even get a chance to play!  We’ll have many opportunities for audience participation, so don’t miss out!  We hope to see you all soon!

“America’s first major trade show dedicated to Asian-Pacific popular culture and entertainment media, Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is an industry event sponsored by the Pacific Media Association. Pacific Media Expo is showcased annually. The show will feature honored guests, live performances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, Asian cinema and animation video rooms, art exhibitions and one of the country’s only exhibit halls dedicated to Asian media and pop culture.”

Ghost Walk 2012

We had the grand opportunity to perform both days at the 21st Annual Ghost Walk, organized by the Calfornia Riverside Ballet!  This family event allows various tours around Downtown Riverside such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Old Coroner’s Morgue, and the Fox Theatre, just to name a few.

We performed various repertoire songs including Nanohana, Matsuri, Tatsumaki, Nagare Watari, Ichi Ji, Kodama Jam, and Mukashi Mukashi.  Three of our members, Audrey, David, and Warren performed several transitions, including one with a shamisen, and another with okedos and chappa!

Those nights were very windy (the tombstones kept on falling over!) and a bit chilly, but that didn’t stop us from making music!  We weren’t able to see much with the wind in our eyes and hair in our faces, but we did see everyone else dressed up in their spooky attire!  Performing in our costumes definitely amped the Halloween spirit in all of us!  We hope everyone had a fantastic time touring and had a safe Halloween at Ghost Walk and we hope to see you next year!

Check out the “Media” tab for the lovely photos taken by our dear friend, Wesley Ng!  Shout out and thanks to Wesley!…

Block Party 2012

Hi Everyone!

This is Audrey Tu, the Performance Director of Senryu Taiko, here to talk about our participation at Block Party 3 weeks ago!

On Friday, October 2, Senryu Taiko had the honor of being the opening for the set of student organization performances on the stage by the Bell Tower that evening. In addition to our performance, Collective Faction and 909 Hip Hop performed on the big stage. With a small team of 6, we performed Nano Hana, Ichi Ji, and Mukashi Mukashi— Oh! In fact, that performance of Ichi Ji was the first for a few of our “newbies.” Congratulations! You guys have grown so much. Also, we’d like to thank everyone who watched and cheered for our performance. The energy of the crowd was great and encouraged us to give it our all!

In addition to performing, we also tabled for the event, along with many other student orgs. Since we set up early, we reserved a space that had a lot of foot traffic—Score! Thank you to everyone who visited our table! It was a great pleasure to talk to you all.

We hope to see you all again!…

Farewell to Manzanar

On Tuesday, September 18, we made our way over to the Corona Public Library for another installment of their “Prime Time” event (every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7PM!).  They wanted something related to Japanese culture, hence a Japanese taiko group, since they are hosting many events related to the memoir, “Farewell to Manzanar.”

Our audience consisted of many children, parents, and community members.  One of our recent alumni, Christine, watched us too!  Our setlist included Nanohana, Mukashi Mukashi, Tatsumaki, Ichi Ji, and Kodama Jam.  After playing Tatsumaki, there was a chance for a follow-the-leader style audience participation.  Volunteers repeated a rhythm played by Warren, one of our members.  There were so many willing volunteers that we decided to have a third round, when we originally planned for only two!  Some were bold while others were shy at first.  Nonetheless, everyone seemed to have a fun time!

Initially, the thought of making so much noise in a library seemed weird, but we were glad to be welcomed and enjoyed playing for an attentive audience.  It was great to see the intense concentration of the children while they followed the leader, and the pure joy of hearing the sound of the drums by even the youngest kids.  During the performance, I overheard a young girl asking her mom if she can get one, referring to a taiko drum!  We were honored to be part of this educational experience and hope that we did our best in providing a good show and sharing our knowledge of taiko!…

A snapshot from Shizen

Taiko Gathering 2012

A snapshot of Shizen

Hello, this is Jennifer again!  Here is our first official post, long overdue, on our performance at this year’s Taiko Gathering!  On August 19, we trekked to JACCC Plaza in Little Tokyo for the 19th Annual Taiko Gathering, a part of the 72nd Annual Nisei Week.  To our surprise, we were the only collegiate group performing among a plethora of community groups.  But we saw many familiar faces from fellow collegiate groups and even some Senryu alumni!

Our performance featured four songs: Nanohana, Somang, Nagare Watari, and Shizen.  Somang, written by Cynthia Kim, and Shizen, written by Warren Macdonald, actually debuted this year during our annual Spring Concert.  We are thankful for this opportunity to showcase our new songs!

Our new directors this year, Audrey Tu and David McKnight, performed together during two musical transitions: a remix of Kyuubi No Kaze and a shamisen/clave piece.  Kyuubi No Kaze, a past Senryu song, was remixed just for this performance.  Also, David debuted his new shamisen, playing an excerpt of his new song, Journey of Dreams.

We had a fantastic time performing and hope that everyone enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of all of the taiko groups that performed that day!

Thanks to Russell Takahara for taking the pictures!  For more pictures of our performance, feel free to visit our Facebook page!…