Archive for October, 2007


HAPPYFUNSMILE at Forbidden City, Halloween 10/31 at 8pm

October 23, 2007

Our favorite holiday is rolling around! Come celebrate Halloween with HAPPYFUNSMILE! We’ll be wandering around the East Village spreading chindon to all the Japanese restaurants and bars, ending up at Forbidden City with a full performance. Get our your costumes and join the fun!


Wednesday, October 31, 8:00pm
Forbidden City
212 Avenue A, between 13th and 14th
Admission: Free


KIOKU at IPR, 10/19 at 8pm

October 23, 2007

KIOKU Performance
Friday, 19 October 2007, 8:00 PM
Issue Project Room (map)
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Admission: $10

Double bill with Daniel Levin (cello), Rob Brown (sax) and Michael Evans (percussion). New tunes and a collaboration with Daniel and Rob. Update: Check out photos from the performance at Peter Gannushkin’s site.


KIOKU at Towson University, 10/9

October 8, 2007

KIOKU will be performing at Towson University, Center for the Arts on Tuesday, 10/9. We’ll be doing one set of material, then trumpeter Dave Ballou’s group will be playing. Hopefully there will be a collaboration as well… for more details



October 1, 2007

SOH DAIKO had a quick performance at the Japanese American Association banquet at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Saturday 9/29. We only played one number (Hachidan), but the loading, prep time, and unloading took the better part of the day. The performance went well, although most of the audience was in the reception room at the time.

We also had our retreat several weekends ago, September 15 and 16. We traveled upstate and stayed in a nice isolated house owned by a taiko friend, Sandra Shen. It was a great place to hang and luckily we avoided any long arguments. Traci planned an amazing dinner of marinated chicken and beef, grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, and cookies and ice cream for desert. I’ll be taking over as “song captain” of Miyake and Shishimai, and this year, I’ll be a practice leader. Should be interesting…