We had a wonderful time at the Chicago Jazz Festival this year, playing at the Pritzker Pavilion on September 2nd. It was 10 years ago that we last played there, and we were really excited, grateful and honored to play in collation with our director’s Miyumi Project. Here’s a link to a cool review written… Read More Chicago Jazz Festival
Summer is one of the busiest times for Tsukasa Taiko and the first week in August is one of our busiest. Last year, one of our National Gintenkai members Wesley from Genryu Arts flew in to help us. This year 7 players from Genryu flew in for a week to play with Tsukasa’s chibikko, Cool… Read More Thank you Genryu!
Today Tsukasa’s Gintenkai members went to visit Global Pungmul Institute to do a short cultural presentation. The visit was part of our cultural exchange that was initiated last year when SoriBeat came to our dojo to present Samulnori. it presents a wonderful opportunity to share and preserve our respective drumming cultures. Thank you so much for having… Read More Visit to Global Pungmul Institute
Part of Tsukasa Taiko/ AIRMW’s program involves educational presentations about our traditional Japanese arts and legacy. We often do out presentations in Japanese for schools that have a Japanese language component. Today, we visited The Glen Grove and Westgrove Elementary schools in Glenview for a cultural program hosted by the district’s PTA group. It was… Read More Glen Grove/ Westgrove Elementary Educational Presentations
Tsukasa had a busy day today, celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at two events. The first was at Festival of Nations at University of Chicago, an evening of multicultural musical celebrations. We have been invited to this event for the past few years but this year featured a collaboration with band Funkadesi. It was definitely… Read More Kellogg Japan Festival & Festival of Nations University of Chicago
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month! It was officially signed into law in 1992, with May chosen as the designated month to commemorate the first Japanese to immigrant to come to the US in 1843. Tsukasa had a performance at University of Chicago’s International House this afternoon to start off the celebrations for this month. We had… Read More APA International House, Univ. of Chicago
Tsukasa just played this evening at the Garfield Park Conservatory for Stomping Grounds series hosted by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. We played in multiple locations throughout the conservatory and ended the evening with a collaborative fusion of taiko, jazz and tap dancing. Director of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project Lane Alexander was explaining that many tap… Read More Stomping Grounds 2016