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Mazeru is the Japanese word for "mix" and taiko (daiko) is the Japanese word for "drum". Maze Daiko creates an exciting mix of instrumentation and rhythms with the physical elegance and powerful sounds of taiko.
Maze Daiko combines traditional taiko rhythms and form with non-traditional instrumentation, and cross-cultural grooves. The members of Maze Daiko, Janet Koike, Elaine Fong, Kathryn Cabunoc,Tina Blaine aka Bean and Carolyn West, all have years of collective experience in other taiko or musical groups including San Jose Taiko, Odaiko New England, D'CuCKOO, UCLA Kyodo Taiko, Emeryville Taiko and Rhythmix Ensemble. The different taiko backgrounds mix (Maze) together with unusual instrumentation, marimba, santur, djembe to create original interpretations for taiko that fill the stage with energetic choreography and vibrant sound.
The group is available for school shows through Young Audiences, and is also available for festivals, concerts and corporate events.
Sunday, October 2nd 2-5 pm Arts in Nature Festival Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA
Saturday, October 8th 11:30am-12:30pm Alameda OctoberFest Car Show Festival @ Alameda MarketPlace, Park Street @ Buena Vista, Alameda, CA
Sunday, October 9th 12-1pm Rockridge Out and About Festival @ Oaklandish stage on College Avenue
Sunday, October 30th 12-1pm Dia de Los Muertos @ Fruitvale Village, Oakland, CA
March 23rd & 24th, 2012 8pm
Island Arts Festival @ Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA