Make Music Chicago Preview

Good afternoon! We hope everyone is staying dry on this very rainy day. Tsukasa Taiko had one of our most memorable performances at the North Riverside Plaza as a preview for the Make Music Chicago event. We got hit with pouring rain for our hour performance but despite the weather, we had a few passersby and it was quite an experience.

The Make Music event will be held next Sunday, June 21st and Tsukasa will be performing at 3:15pm. It will be at North Park Village Nature Center. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Sky Landing Groundbreaking Ceremony

Today Tsukasa had the honor of being a part of the groundbreaking ceremony in Jackson Park for Yoko Ono’s first permanent public art piece Sky Landing in the US. Ms. Ono was also in attendance at the event and spoke about her enthusiasm for the longstanding positive relationship between Japan and the city of Chicago. Tsukasa performed in conjunction with The Miyumi Project as the opening for this event, of which Ms. Ono later told our director she had enjoyed very much. The installation is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016.

Thank you for inviting us to be a part of this wonderful occasion and we look forward to next summer!

*Images courtesy of Kimiyo Naka and Tsukasa Taiko

Tsukasa and…Beyonce?!?!

Chicago Magazine Taiko Legacy 10

Big news. If you haven’t heard, Beyonce dropped her new album today. And she’s coming to Chicago to perform this weekend and it’s going to be the biggest show ever. Chicago Magazine’s listed her concert as one of the most anticipated events happening around Chicago in their December issue. But Chicago Magazine has good taste and also knows that the the other must-see event this month is Tsukasa Taiko’s annual Taiko Legacy concert presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Our own Miyumi stands in as the Tsukasa representative, right next to Queen Bey.

We have one more week until the show and we are super excited! It will be a very busy schedule this upcoming week: finals plague our student performers as they work to schedule study time between rehearsals at the MCA , our taiko need to be transported, our guests from San Francisco and Japan will be flying in, and not to mention that it’s about zero degrees outside. The Tsukasa family, performers and staff are working hard to present to you the best Legacy concert yet for our 10th anniversary, so we hope to see you all there!

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for Taiko Legacy, visit the MCA website to do so!

Kizuna Project

This past weekend, Tsukasa Taiko hosted a taiko workshop to welcome the girls from the Kizuna Project, a Youth Exchange Project with Asia-Oceania and North America. This Kizuna (meaning bond) Project is run by the Japanese Government to promote awareness of Japan’s ongoing recovery after the tsunami in 2011. As part of this project, Japan sent young people to Chicago to work as interns in various non-profit organizations around the city.

The ‘Kizuna Girls’ as we called them, visited many Japanese agencies around Chicago including Tsukasa Taiko at JASC! We showed them around the facility, and also did a taiko workshop where they learned one of Tsukasa’s original beginner pieces. It was great to be able to show them that here in Chicago, we still preserve and spread the Japanese traditions and they had so much fun! The Kizuna girls also took part in Yoko Noge’s Japanesque show at the annual Ginza Festival hosted at the Midwest Buddhist Temple of Chicago this past weekend as well.

But that’s not all, Tsukasa Taiko will be performing at the Kizuna event this Saturday, August 17 held at JCC!

For more information on the Kizuna Project, visit their website HERE.