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Release 08 April 2016

What: ShastaYama Taiko Festival - Celebration of taiko, music, and dance
When: Saturday, July 30, 2016 @ 6 pm
Where: Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Drive, Mt. Shasta, CA

ShastaYama Celebrates Taiko with Music and Dance

The annual ShastaYama Festival will again feature leading American taiko (Japanese drum) artists in a spectacular outdoor evening concert at Mount Shasta's Shastice Park on Saturday, July 30, 2016 starting at 6 pm.

ShastaYama 2016 proudly presents some of the most innovative taiko music and artists in the world today. Featured headliners will be On Ensemble from Los Angeles, Portland Oregon's Unit Souzou, jazz influenced quartet Tadaima, a special group of "now generation" taiko artists from across North America, and Shasta Taiko from Mount Shasta.

On Ensemble, with their phenomenal skills and creativity, has taken Japanese drumming to new levels combining taiko with ukulele, vibraphones, flute, world percussion, Tuva voice singing, and modern drum set to create an innovative exciting sound. Two of the On Ensemble members, Shoji Kameda and Masato Baba, started as children with Shasta Taiko and today are recognized leading American taiko artists. Versatile percussionist and taiko player Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and talented multi-instrumentalist Abe Lagrimas Jr., round out the outstanding ensemble. Virtuoso koto and shamisen player and singer Sumie Kaneko will join On Ensemble for the ShastaYama 2016 performance.

ShastaYama favorites Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe form Unit Souzou, known for their dynamic fusion of taiko and dance. The duo will also be featured in both the Shasta Taiko and Tadaima sets.

Tadaima, led by American taiko pioneers and Shasta Taiko / ShastaYama founders Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer will perform jazz influenced original music combining saxophone with taiko and will be joined by their son Masato Baba and bassist Gary Fitzgerald from Los Angeles.

Added to the lineup are outstanding "now" American and international taiko artists Bruce Ghent, Isaku Kageyama, Joe Small, Yeeman Mui, and Heidi Chan, performing a special piece for ShastaYama 2016. Each artist brings unique artistic experiences to taiko, from theater to dance and various musical influences.

Shasta Taiko from Mount Shasta and Siskiyou County, will open ShastaYama 2016, and their original set will feature all ShastaYama guest artists in high energy and entertaining collaborations.

For more information on ShastaYama 2016 and featured artists, check www.shastayama.org or call (530) 859-8686.

Gate tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for ages 6-17 years, and free for 5 years and under. Gate opens at 5 pm.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $13 for ages 6-17 years. Advance tickets may be purchased at Village Books and at Soul Connections in Mount Shasta, at the Yreka Chamber of Commerce, and at Bogbean Books and Music in Redding, or call (800) 926-4865 x 203 or go online - www.shastayama.org

ShastaYama is an outdoor evening event - blankets, lawn chairs, warm clothes, and flashlights are advised. Food and refreshments will be available.