Odaiko New England

Bringing Taiko to Young Audiences

There’s a yellow suitcase marked ‘YA’ in the equipment closet. During our practices, we regularly borrow equipment from the suitcase. But more often, the yellow suitcase tags along as we help load equipment into and out of Juni‘s car before and after practices.

‘YA’ stands for ‘Young Audiences of Massachusetts’. It also represents a major […]

Reimei at Dawn

Two weekends ago, I played taiko with my friends on a shady plaza overlooking the Charles River, followed by a free lunch. Yes, the Waltham Riverfest was a cushy gig, especially compared to the other gig Odaiko New England was doing at the same time. I’m sure the Boston Pride Parade was a blast, but […]

Organizing a Gig… for the first time!

Loaded up and Ready to Go

So, here we are, coming out of our anniversary concert, and there isn’t much time to rest.

It’s my first chance to organize a gig.

I rashly volunteered to organize a performance for the Waltham Riverfest. Megan Gleeson of the Waltham Cultural Council approached me about this performance […]

Poems celebrating ONE’s 15th Anniversary

For Juni:

She will paint you a musical story, Of troops in all of their glory. But tales of daring Are not all she’s sharing. She’ll throw in some goofiness, too.

On Yui, she’s totally groovin’ She’s got the whole audience movin’. With a flip of a stick, And her grin that’s so quick, She […]

More reVISION Haiku

Shin-En Revisioned Doing fast triplets is hard Most of us couldn’t

Colorful obi We debated at great length Finally, yellow

I wait nervously When do I come in again? I think I missed it

Cello, take, gong Hira, vocals, Thunder God It’s Kaminari

Senryu stands waiting Sheilarae and Greg spaced out All’s well that ends […]

Post-Concert Haiku

reVISION concert a powerful performance Mark and Juni proud

—Dave Buerger

Lying on sofa Strong coffee, good book and cat. Nothing else to do.

—Sheilarae Lau

Counting my bruises Bags and circles under eyes When is my massage?

—Kate Jurow

Carry Odaiko on Saturday and Sunday Muscle pain Monday

—Dave Buerger