Interactive School Show

An interactive taiko school show directed by ManMan. The performance is inspired by the art and study of taiko with an influence of the Orff Schulwerk approach. Date: Jan 18, 2019 (Friday)Location: Chadwick School (Torrance, CA)Duration: 45 minutesNumber of students: 200 K-8 studentsContents: Education Program, history of the art of taiko, audience participation, body music … More Interactive School Show

ManMan @TCA Taikothon 2018

Here is a video from Taiko Community Alliance Taikothon 2018 where ManMan talked about her creative process with the Odaiko piece “Gliding Dreams”. Most Odaiko training takes a predominantly loud, aggressive and forceful approach, this choreographic composition takes on a different direction that embraces the power of gentle and graceful qualities. The piece explore … More ManMan @TCA Taikothon 2018

Handtagonism v5 at Grand Annex 2018

(except from Kris Bergstorm’s website)  Handtagonism v5 at Grand Annex 2018 from Kristofer Bergstrom on Vimeo. Performers: Kristofer Bergstrom, Yeeman Mui, David Wells, Isaku Kageyama Description Handtagonism v5 (2018) Kristofer Bergstrom copyleft Creative Commons BY-SA Handtagonism began by thinking of each hand as a character (i.e. mother and son) and experimenting with how they might … More Handtagonism v5 at Grand Annex 2018

Handtagonism v4

Since moving to LA, I have been studying with Kris Bergstorm on his new arrangement of Handtagnoism. It is a fascinating piece that explores different movement with taiko. Each movement combination is well thought of in which they serve the purpose of producing meaningful strikes on the taiko drums. It was such  treat to perform … More Handtagonism v4

Mochi Mochi

Mochi Mochi is a taiko and rice-pounding performing ensemble, utilizing the Japanese mochi-making ceremony as a vessel for music, culture, food, and fun. Incorporating audience participation, rocking music, and explanations of the cultural context of rice-pounding, the performances showcase the multi-stage mochi-making process and culminate in delicious mochi snacks. Performances “Mochi Mochi: Hajimaruyo!” is a 45~80 minute performance demonstrating the full … More Mochi Mochi

ShastaYama Taiko Festival

This summer I had a wonderful opportunity to perform at ShastaYama Taiko Festival again since 2014. Last time I was here performing as part of Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble. This time I performed with Taiko Trekkers, a group of individual taiko drummers from all over west coast. Bruce “Mui” Ghent was the spear head of … More ShastaYama Taiko Festival

Spall Fragments 2016 LA & SF

Yeeman Mui playing “MANMAN” WARTHOG MUI in Spall Fragments 2016. Come join this serio-comic theatre adventure in Los Angeles and San Francisco in July 2016. (Not recommended for children, contents include adult language and violence)       SPALL FRAGMENTS: Taiko Drum-Dance Action-Adventure for the 21st Century explodes out of choreographer Joe Small‘s often surreal encounters with … More Spall Fragments 2016 LA & SF