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Greetings good friends! Hope the year 2015 is treating you well and I hope you are excited to follow along with us on all of our taiko adventures through the year 2015! Our 2015 has been quite exciting so far and we are only into the second month of the new year, so prepare yourself for many more exciting posts and maybe some vlogs along the way!

Today I am reporting on another ArtsTeach performance we had on February 6, 2015 at Judson and Brown Elementary School in Redlands, Ca. For this performance we had to wake up bright and early because we were scheduled to do two performances at 8:00am and 9:15am, so as you can probably guess, it was one of those large coffee kind of mornings. Despite it being very dark outside on the way up to Redlands, I was able to snap a quick picture of the pretty sunrise over the mountains.

SUNRISE! GOOD MORNING WORLD!

SUNRISE! GOOD MORNING WORLD!

Once the TP Team of Bryan, David, Janelle, Jen and myself gathered at the Multi Purpose Room, we moved in our equipment and prepared to wow the kids of Judson and Brown Elementary. The kids had a great time and I think they really enjoyed the performance as well as the audience participation section. I think my favorite moment of the show was successfully making in through Expanding in the new time signature we have been practicing. It really made me think, but the groove was very solid and I was definitely sweating afterwards. Haha!

The Team Today! (David, Jen, Bryan, Doug and Janelle)

The Team Today! (David, Jen, Bryan, Doug and Janelle)

Our Stage Setup!

Our Stage Setup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our second show we had time to take a couple photos with the classes that came to watch and some of the kids gave us high fives for the awesome performance! SUCCESS! Another mission accomplished! Thank you Judson and Brown Elementary for having us! Hope to see you again soon!

The TP5! Yes, in fact you can preorder your Bryan bobblehead in the near future! Thanks for showing Janelle! Coming soon!

The TP5! Yes, in fact you can preorder your Bryan bobblehead in the near future! Thanks for showing Janelle! Coming soon!

 

On January 14, 2015, David and Janelle picked up Bryan and I in the van down in Tustin off the Newport exit off the 5.  We got back on the 5 and took that all the way down to San Diego, took the Front St exit, continued on that, then turned left on Harbor, right on Switzer, a slight right on Gull and arrived at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.

We loaded in, did our tech, and then had some time to kill so we went and got some beverages:

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Shortly after Doug and Blaine arrived and we ate a lavish dinner at the hotel.  One of the better catered hotel meals in a while.

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Mac and cheese was amongst the many yummy selections:

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The Three Musketeers, The Three Amigos, or The Three Stooges?  Which title do you prefer?

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We performed our five minutes of fame which energized the crowd and then loaded out and headed home.  It was a late night, but always fun to go down to San Diego!

 

 

I don’t have any photos from the gig, so hopefully this post-gig fine dining photo will do.

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Oh, and this poem below…

 

TP & Moulton: A fine pairing (like wine and cheese!)

As is the norm, I am late on this blog.

I must admit, it got lost in the fog.

It’s been 3 months and 5 days,

The thirteenth of November,

A beautiful day,

At least that’s what I remember.

 

The cast was Bryan, David, Doug, Yumi and Janelle

At Moulton Elementary in Laguna Niguel.

For all those students we performed 3 shows

Got on stage and just let the music flow.

 

We taught them some histories

To uncover the mysteries

Of taiko in Japan and in the US of A

 

We introduced the drums

From shime to odaiko

Even taught them to speak in taiko tongue.

 

But the best of the day

Was when we brought them on stage

To play their hearts out – it was all the rage!

 

All in all it was fun-tabluous gig

From on stage to backstage

We all did the TP jig :P

 

Thank you Moulton Elementary School!

The kids were bright-eyed and excited

And we were so grateful to be invited!

 

The End.

Yumi

 

 

Located in Downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live, the Conga Room is known to play host to a wide variety of musical genres, but perhaps most notably, exceptional Latin music.  Latin music legends such as the great timbalero and composer, Tito Puente, conguero and one of today’s preeminent Latin jazz artists, Poncho Sanchez, and the unquestionably inimitable Celia Cruz are all counted among the considerable list of stellar musicians that have graced the stage at the Conga Room at one time or another.  We were grateful for the opportunity and ready to earn our place, however minute, on the shoulders of giants.

Having valiantly battled the fierce and formidable Downtown L.A. traffic to reach the venue, the group quickly slipped into its routine of efficiency and celerity as we set up our equipment before the guests arrived.

A Stage with a View

A Stage with a View

Getting ready to kick the fresh beats like whoa

Getting ready to kick the fresh beats like whoa

Though most of the guests were still making their way into the room when we began our set, I immediately noticed people stopping or finding a comfortable area from which to enjoy the show. And better than that, some of the guests danced as we performed Here We Go Now! and Expanding.

It was a fun place to perform and we hope everyone enjoyed the rest of their evening at this illustrious venue.  Thanks to the Conga Room staff for making our experience great!

 

Hello friends! It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but you can’t get rid of me that easily…

Last month (and last year – how is it already 2015?!), TP took a trip to Palisades Elementary School in Capistrano Beach for one of the last Arts Teach shows of 2014. In case you weren’t aware, you can see the ocean from this school, which is the coolest thing ever.

Doug and I arrived at the school bright and early on a slightly drizzly morning – I should mention that I love rainy weather, and seeing as we don’t get a lot of it in Orange County, I was pretty jazzed. While we waited for the others to arrive, we sat in the car eating our Starbucks breakfast and jamming out to the Rent soundtrack.

Once the van arrived, we unloaded and set up in the multipurpose room. Once we set up the stage, we started getting ready for the first of our three shows.

Doug and David model...er...set up the equipment.

Doug and David model…er…set up the equipment.

Doug thought he was just using my phone to do his hair, but I snuck in a picture.

Doug thought he was just using my phone to do his hair, but I snuck in a picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve actually never done a school show before, so I was a little nervous to perform for the kids. It turned out to be even more fun than the average gig, though; the kids were very responsive and laughed at everything. A word of advice if you’re looking to make kids laugh – dance as weird as you possibly can. I felt like a rock star! My favorite part was when Bryan asked the youngest kids if they had any questions, and three kids proceeded to tell us how old their brothers were.

Manly. *flex*

Manly. *flex*

After the shows while we were packing up to leave, one kid poked his head out of his classroom and shouted the following at me: “Bye! You guys were actually cool!” And that was when I knew I had made it in life – a small child thought I was actually cool. You may all stand in line now. Autographs will be $20 each.

Thanks to Palisades Elementary School for bringing us out! I had a blast.

– Kelvin

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