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ShastaYama 2007

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Photo essay of ShastaYama 2007 performances.

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Shasta Taiko drummers open ShastYama 2007

Shasta Taiko drummers, trained by Russel and Jeanne, senseis of the Shasta Taiko school as host, start-off the ShastaYama 2007 concert in Shastice Park. Notice on the backs of their performance costume, the Shasta Taiko logo, akin to Mt. Shasta seen just beyond.

Shasta Taiko drummers open ShastYama 2007
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Father, Mother & Son

ShastaYama founderx and hosts, Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer play a taiko number with their son, Masato "Maz" Baba, who as a former member of Shasta Taiko is a perennial guest artist to all the ShastaYama concerts. Shoji Kameda, who like Maz is a charter Shasta Taiko member, couldn't make ...

Father, Mother & Son
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Chizuko and Kenny Endo on taiko drums

Chizuko and Kenny Endo show their skills on the taiko drums at the ShastaYama 2007 concert. The Endo founded and run the Endos Taiko Center of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. American Taiko Master, Kenny is an iternationally recognized master of Japanese drumming. He is the first non-Japanese national honored ...

Chizuko and Kenny Endo on taiko drums
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Kenny Endo on Daiko

Kenny Endo, very emphatically, demonstrates his immense skill on the daiko (big drum) at ShastaYama 2007.

Kenny Endo on Daiko
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The Dance, Kokoro

Kokoro is beautifully danced by Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe (L). Besides being graceful dancers, Michelle and Toru are accomplished and highly skilled taiko drummers. Michelle, is currently with the Portland Taiko and is a member of the North American Taiko Conference Advisory Board. She has a degree in Ethnomuicology ...

The Dance, Kokoro
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Kokoro, the dance by Michelle & Toru

As in "The dance, Kokoro," Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe dance in colorful folk costumes. Both have been members of Warabiza, a renown dance troup based in Akita prefecture in Japan. Toru has been a member of Warabiza for many years since 2001. Michelle studied there under the tutelage of ...

Kokoro, the dance by Michelle & Toru
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Michelle Fujii on taiko drum

Michelle Fujii demonstrates samples of her excellent taiko techniques, which many comment that her dancer's grace shows through in her smmoth yet powerful, drumming style. Currently with the Portland Taiko, Michelle is a member of the North American Taiko Conference Advisory Board.

Michelle Fujii on taiko drum
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Toru Watanabe taiko solo

Toru Watanabe has a turn performing a solo during ShastaYama 2007. Toru is a member of Warabiza, a renown dance troupe based in the Aichi prefecture in Japan.

Toru Watanabe taiko solo
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Maz Baba on the Daiko

Masato "Maz' Baba shows the citizens of Mt. Shasta, many in the audience who witnessed his childhood, how much more mature and powerful his taiko abilities have grown. Maz is featured in a popular DVD documentary, "The Spirit of Taiko," along with Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, founder of the San ...

Maz Baba on the Daiko
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Distance Floating dancers

(L-R): Julie Bennett, Shasta Taiko member; Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe whimsically dance to "Distance Floating" a mystical dance number created by Russel Baba, featuring his accomplished Jazz saxaphone playing skills. Russel also created and crafted the intriguing headdresses worn by the dancers. The percussive beat of the taiko drums ...

Distance Floating dancers
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Distance Floating Michelle with Russel

Michelle Fujii dances her interpretations to Russel Baba's improvisational saxaphone playing behind her.

Distance Floating Michelle with Russel
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Distance Floating by Toru Watanabe

Toru Watanable dance moves as the improvisational mood takes him as Russel's haunting jazz sax inspires Toru in the compelling piece, "Distance Floating."

Distance Floating by Toru Watanabe
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Maz, Michelle and Julie

Maz Baba, Michelle Fujii and Julie Bennett whoop it up and show a lot of spirit as they raise their bachi during an energetic taiko number.

Maz, Michelle and Julie
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Russel Baba shows his stuff

Russel Baba shows his well-honed skills on the daiko as Jeanne Mercer accompanies him with a steady rythmic beat on a smaller drum. They have passed along their knowledge and must have taught thoousands, including their son Maz, the art of taiko drumming, other percussive insturments and the various Japanese ...

Russel Baba shows his stuff
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Finale, Yorokobi

Yorokobi was the final number in an exciting mix of a breath-taking full program of music and dance. In this finale all the performers join in a raucous and energetic closing act.

Finale, Yorokobi
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End of Shasta Yama 2007 Show

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