Mt. Shasta is backdrop Saturday for largest taiko festival in U.S.

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Masato Baba, musical director of Los Angeles based TaikoProject and a 
member of the cutting edge On Ensemble group, is coming home to Mount Shasta Saturday evening, July 26, to perform in ShastaYama 2014 on the upper field at Shastice Park.

The man who introduced modern taiko to America and several of the most honored and respected artists who have carried the beat forward will perform on a magnificent outdoor stage Saturday evening in Mount Shasta.

ShastaYama 2014, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on the upper field at Shastice Park, is being headlined by Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and his San Francisco Taiko Dojo and Master Kenny Endo and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble.

ShastaYama/Shasta Taiko founders Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer call this year’s festival a Taiko Summit, featuring three generations of world class performers with Mt. Shasta providing a dramatic backdrop.

Gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m.

Also appearing will be Masato Baba, Michelle Fujii, and Toru Watanabe, representing the leaders of a new taiko generation.

The Shasta Taiko community group, led by Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer, will also perform, sharing the stage with more than 30 performers in a celebration of taiko, dance and music.

Largest taiko festival

ShastaYama is the largest outdoor taiko festival in the country, and its success, according to a press release, “mirrors the amazing development of taiko in America and world-wide.”