3:00 PM Taiko Center of LA
The Taiko Center of LA (TCLA) started with just a handful of participants and now has over 100 active participants.
TCLA collaborates regularly with koto artist Yukiko Matsuyama (www.kotoyuki.com) and Tsugaru shamisen artist, Mike Penny of Monsters of Shamisen and Fishtank Ensemble, former Kodo members, taiko soloist Shuichi Hidano and Hiroyuki Hayashida and his taikog ensemble from Japan, Zipang.
Collaborations in the past have been with Lillian Nakano and the Sanmi Shamisen Ensemble, saxophonist, Japanese classical percussion group – Katada Kai, Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Organization, jass saxophonist Francis Wong, pianist Glen Horiuchi, tap dance artists Fred Strikler, Denise Donovan and Miki Amen, Vivir Brazil, ELA Taiko, Quetzal, UCR Gamelan Ensemble, UCR Wind Ensemble, Gluck Tap Dance Ensemble, Riverside Community College Dance Dept, Rei Aoo Dance Planet and East Wind Chinese Lion Dancers, Riverside City College Tap Ensemble, Village Arts Dance Studio, Monsters of Shamisen, Japanese folk Minyo singer Matsutoyo Sato, Japanese contemporary music band Kotoyuki, Japanese folk Minyo singer Marisa Kosugi, Japanese folk music fusion band Minyo Station and percussionist Ray McNamara.
To learn more about the TCLA, visit their website by clicking here.