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On Ensemble

Presented by WSU Cultural Affairs

With Japanese drums at the foundation of its world fusion mix, On Ensemble takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms.

Date: 2015-02-13
Time: 7:30 PM
Ticket Price: Adults: $20; WSU Students/Kids/Seniors: $15

Special Information: On Sale: August 26 @ 10am.

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With Japanese drums at the foundation of its world fusion mix, On Ensemble takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms. Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica, On Ensemble's unique sound has been praised as "completely original and brilliantly conceived." Modern Drummer magazine calls On Ensemble "an exciting taiko ensemble looking at new ways to apply traditional Japanese drums." A dynamic mix of tradition and current music that will excite all ages.

About On Ensemble:
On Ensemble is at the forefront of a growing artistic movement in the taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) world. Founded by childhood friends Shoji Kameda and Masato (Maz) Baba, On Ensemble has made a name for itself by infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with overtone singing, odd meter grooves and soaring melodies. Their fearless musical explorations have taken the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms and have established a distinctly modern expression for the art form. The group’s unique sound has been praised as “completely original and brilliantly conceived.” Modern Drummer magazine calls On Ensemble “an exciting taiko ensemble looking at new ways to apply traditional Japanese drums.” In 2013 On Ensemble was the first American taiko group to be invited to perform at the National Theater of Japan for the prestigious Nihon no Taiko concert series.

Shoji and Maz were taught taiko at an early age (8 and 6) by Maz’ parents, accomplished taiko players and jazz musicians Jeanne Mercer and Russel Baba, who started one of the first children’s taiko groups in the United States. The duo has been playing and making music together for over 30 years and are recognized as two of the brightest stars in the taiko world. Together with the other members of On Ensemble they combine their study and deep appreciation of Japanese traditional music with equally formative experiences as DJs, electronic music producers, and rock bassists to produce, record and perform some of the most compelling and creative taiko music.. The group has released three critically acclaimed albums, Dust and Sand, Ume in the Middle and Bizarre Heroes and their music was featured in the award winning short film Yamasong.

From outdoor festivals and concert halls to gymnasiums and classrooms, On Ensemble shares its unique music and outreach programs with audiences throughout the United States and Canada. The group tours regularly from large metropolitan areas to small rural communities and plays in everything from large performing arts venues and music festivals to small club and art spaces. Past performances include the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, University of Hawai’i Hilo, California Worldfest, Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles, Shibuya O-nest (Tokyo), National Theater of Japan (Tokyo), Edmonds Center for the Arts (WA), Juan De Fuca Festival (WA) the Oregon Bach Festival, a Ohio Arts Council IMPACT tour, a tour of Montana and Idaho with stops in Mountain Home, Salmon, Sandpoint, Dillon, Missoula, Helena and Whitefish.

In 2005 On Ensemble released its first studio album Dust and Sand to critical acclaim. The independently produced album spent several months on the New Age Reporter charts reaching as high as number three in October of 2005 and received national airplay. In 2007 the ensemble released their first live CD and a DVD of their performance at the Cerritos Center. In 2009 On Ensemble released its second critically acclaimed studio album Ume In the Middle. In 2010 the group collaborated with director Sam Koji Hale to create a short film based on the On Ensemble track “Yamasong” from the album Ume in the Middle. The film was produced by Heather Henson and was screened at over 30 film festivals winning Best Fantasy Short and Best Animated Film at the Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival. In 2013 the group released their third studio album titled Bizarre Heroes and was invited to perform at the prestigious Nihon no Taiko concert at the National Theater of Japan.

For all of their avant-garde musical explorations, On Ensemble is supported by one of Japan’s most important traditional-culture bearers, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, instrument maker to the emperor of Japan. This support empowers On Ensemble to utilize authentic, rare Japanese instruments in its fearless exploration of taiko. - onensemble.org

Venue Details

The historic Peery's Egyptian Theater is a community performing arts center in downtown Ogden. It hosts live musical and theatric events and also cinema.

For more information: http://egyptiantheaterogden.com/events