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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.
Saturday, September 27th 11:30am Oakland Percussion Festival @ East Bay Church, Oakland, CA
Friday and Saturday, November 14th and 15th Island Arts Concert in collaboration with ON Ensemble. Shows @ 8:00pm @ Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA