Mazeru is the Japanese word for "mix" and daiko is the Japanese word for "drum".
Maze Daiko combines the powerful sound and physical elegance of taiko with global instrumentation, and cross-cultural grooves. The members of Maze Daiko, Janet Koike, Kathryn Cabunoc, Tina Blaine aka Bean, Carolyn West, and Elaine Fong have collective years of experience in taiko or musical groups including San Jose Taiko, D'CuCKOO, Emeryville Taiko and Rhythmix Ensemble. This mix of musicians combined with Maze Daiko’s newest member, violinist Jeannie Mckenzie, create original interpretations for taiko that fill the stage with a unique and vibrant sound.
Maze Daiko has collaborated in concert with Kodo Artists, Yoko Fujimoto, Chieko Kojima and Kaoru Watanabe, Ensohza Minyoshu, First Voice and most recently with On Ensemble. Maze Daiko is based at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda CA, and performs regularly for schools as part of and Young Audiences of the Bay Area, recently participating in a Cal Performances residency.
Sat, Sept. 27th, 2014, 11:30am | Oakland Percussion Festival | East Bay Church, Oakland, CA
Fri and Sat, Nov. 14th and 15th, 2014, 8pm | Island Arts Concert in collaboration with ON Ensemble | Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA
Sat, June 13, 2015, 8pm | North American Taiko Conference Taiko Jam Las Vegas | Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
Sat, Aug. 22nd, 2015 | Wine, Women & Song | Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, CA
Sat, Sept. 19th, 2015 | Percussion Now! | Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, CA
Taiko Band Represents in Las Vegas. Alameda Sun. By Chris Ringewald.
Where Rhythm, Movement and Culture Meet. Alameda Magazine. By Wanda Hennig.
Arts and rhythm: Q&A with taiko drummer Janet Koike. San Jose Mecury News. By Chuck Barney.
Tina Blaine Inspires Dance and Drumming at Rhythmix. Alameda Magazine. By Lee Hildebrand.