ShastaYama 2014 will be a special gathering of many of the leading artists and pioneers of taiko. Each year, ShastaYama is making history with the presentation of taiko's outstanding artists. ShastaYama 2014 will showcase a wide variety of music and art with original creative work that honors the traditions.
Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka is the most influential individual in the development of traditional and modern taiko in America and around the world. Tanaka Sensei is considered the "Father of American Taiko." He received America's highest honors in folk and traditional arts with a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. He is a recipient of Japan's "The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays" and also awarded a Foreign Ministers Commendation for "his significant efforts in promoting the Japanese art of Taiko."
Master Kenny Endo is a major leader in taiko's development. Endo Sensei lived in Japan for over 10 years studying and performing "hogaku hayashi" (classical music), "matsuri bayashi" (festival music), and "kumi daiko(group drumming), and is the first non-Japanese national and foreigner to receive a "natori" (stage name & master's license) in "hogaku hayashi."
Masato Baba, Michelle Fujii, and Toru Watanabe are recognized as leading influential taiko artists and perennial favorite guests at ShastaYama and represent the new generation of taiko artists.
Master Kenny Endo and Shasta Taiko's Jeanne Mercer and Russel Baba started taiko training with Grand Master Tanaka. Masato Baba started taiko with Shasta Taiko and later studied with Master Endo. Michelle Fujii is the Artistic Director for Portland Taiko and with Toru Watanabe, Portland Taiko is influencing taiko's development with their extensive backgrounds in Japanese folk dance.
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