AAPI Heritage Concert Program:
May 15, Summerlin Library & Performing Arts Center

May 30, Clark County Library Theater


Opening Act: BlackRos3 (May 30 only) blackros3.com/

Ashura – written by: Rev. M. Kodani, Kinnara Taiko – the oldest Buddhist Taiko group in the US. Ashura is one of the 6 realms of Buddhist existence; a place of suffering, envy, and jealousy. We become Ashura or “fighting demons” when we insult or hurt other people. Ashura eventually learn that fighting brings only emptiness and that peace can only be achieved through harmony. In this song, the drums fight against each other, but in the end the fighting stops, and they all play together as one. 

Kagura Daiko – traditional; Arranged by Marco Lienhard – this style of taiko focuses on the intricate twirls and difficult rhythmical passages; it is usually played by children, but becomes more difficult with older taiko players.

Gendai Ni Ikiru –  written by Gary Tsujimoto of One World Taiko. Gendai ni ikiru means “living in the present.” This piece is an incredibly energetic composition that showcases grace and power. It’s also a great reminder to not to take things for granted and to enjoy every moment in life,
good or bad

Kagaribi Daiko – traditional from Kawamoto, Shimane-ken, Kagaribi is inspired by the fishing style of the cormorant bird. Its use of fluffy drumsticks distract from the difficult patterns being played. 

Omiyage – written by Shoji Kameda. Omiyage means gift. This piece was a gift to the North American taiko community. It uses influences from different genres of music such as hip hop, jazz, and of course traditional taiko rhythms. Each group has developed their own style or arrangement for this song so you’ll rarely hear or see the same song. 


Jack Bazaar – by Kris Bergstrom. A favorite composer in the taiko community, Kris is obsessed with the beautiful “strike”. In Jack Bazaar, each hit and movement have a purpose; showcasing the grace and power each individual player brings to the song.

Kazaguruma – written by LVKT members. Kazaguruma is the word for windmills. As a windmill rotates, it collects natural energy to produce usable energy. When we play taiko, we collect your energy and turn it into positive energy. This piece is a great show of movement and energy.

Korekara – composed by: Michelle Fujii and Walter Clarkこれから(korekara) means “from this point on”. It was one of the first open-source pieces presented to the taiko community. There are dances that are also choreographed for this song, and it makes the piece more fun!

Chasing – composed and conceptualized by V. Wilbur (Violin) and W. Dwyer (taiko). As the first original piece by Vanessa Wilbur, she channeled her surroundings from Sunset Park while writing the music. She wanted to create something that melds the violin and taiko together with movement and intricate rhythms.

Kaminari – written by D. Muraoka–This is the signature piece of LVKT. Kaminari means thunder; we invite you to close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the drums with your heart.

Encore – Shunpuu Composed by Kodo, One Earth Music
Shunpuu ya, toshi idakite, oka ni tatsu
A haiku by Kyoshi Takahama
(Translation: Spring wind, fighting spirit, standing thus on a hill)
The inspiration for this piece, the haiku generates feelings of determination, bravery, even if the air surrounding you is light. This piece was composed with the community in mind for Kodo fans to learn and perform.