ShastaYama is a taiko celebration Saturday evening in Mount Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
TAIKOPROJECT, which has appeared on the Academy Awards, the Grammys and other high profile productions, is the featured guest group for the 2015 ShastaYama scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1 at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta.

The 2015 ShastaYama taiko festival is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta.

The event features TAIKOPROJECT of Los Angeles, a high profile group that has appeared on the Academy Awards, the Grammys, The Voice, the X-Factor, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, and the iHeart Radio Music Festival, among many others.

TAIKOPROJECT’s artistic director is Masato Baba, son of ShastaYama founders Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer, who started the Shasta Taiko group in Mount Shasta 30 years ago.

TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Usher, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, John Legend, Alicia Keyes, 30 Seconds to Mars, and more.

Mt. Shasta provides the backdrop for ShastaYama, which has drawn upwards of 1,000 concert-goers in past years.

The festival lineup includes:

• Unit Souzou – Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe of Portland, Ore., who specialize in a fusion of taiko, dance, and theater.

• Kitsune Taiko, TAIKOPROJECT’s youth group, which is comprised of junior high and high school students.

• Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer will perform new works for taiko, winds, and bass with their jazz-influenced ensemble TADAIMA (I’m home, I’m here). They will be joined by Masato and Baba and bassist Gary Fitzgerald from Los Angeles.

• Mount Shasta’s own Shasta Taiko community group will open the festival with new arrangements and “old” favorites, celebrating 30 years of Shasta Taiko.

The gate opens at 5 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available. Lawn seating – blankets or lawn chairs and warm clothes and flashlights for evening are advised.

Tickets at the gate are $30 for adults, $15 for youth, and free for children 5 and under.

Online ticket sales at and credit card by phone: (800)926-4865 x 203.

Tickets are available at Village Books and Soul Connections in Mount Shasta, Yreka Chamber of Commerce and Bogbean Books and Music in Redding.

For more information see: or call (530) 859-8686.