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 one of the most influential individual in the development of traditional and modern taiko. Tanaka Sensei is considered the "Father of American Taiko." Grand Master Tanaka has been honored for artistic excellence and authenticity and recognized by both American and Japanese governments. He and his troupe, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, have toured worldwide spreading the spirit of taiko.
Master Kenny Endo has been influential in introducing America to Japanese classical and festival drumming and is recognized worldwide for the use of taiko in contemporary compositions. Endo Sensei is the first American and foreigner to receive a "natori" (stage name & master's license) in "hogaku hayashi" (Japanese classical music). Master Endo has inspired new directions for taiko and is a recognized American taiko leader.
Masato Baba, Michelle Fujii, and Toru Watanabe are recognized as leading influential taiko artists and are perennial favorite guests at ShastaYama. They 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 trained and toured 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.
ShastaYama 2014 will be a gathering of a very special taiko family and a celebration of the taiko spirit.
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