Calendar 2011

July 30

ShastaYama 2011

7th Annual Taiko Festival
Saturday, July 30 - 6 p.m.


Shasta Taiko - Russel Baba & Jeanne Mercer

Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer are respected pioneers in American taiko, known for creating a new refreshing approach. Innovative and original, they continue to inspire and lead taiko into the future with Shasta Taiko and ShastaYama.

Portland Taiko

Established in 1994, Portland Taiko has developed its own unique, contemporary style of taiko that weaves rhythm, melody, humor, and movement together into an exhilarating musical experience, exploring new areas for taiko music with its innovative and provocative compositions.

Stanford Taiko

Stanford Taiko is a creative young taiko ensemble leading a growing national collegiate taiko movement. Stanford Taiko has toured Japan, China, Thailand, and Hawaii and has an outstanding reputation in the American taiko community.

Masato Baba

Masato Baba is at the forefront of a new American taiko generation. He is the son of Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer and an original Shasta Taiko member.

Masato is a creative taiko artist based in Los Angeles with the dynamic groups On Ensemble and TaikoProject. Higlight performances include Carnegie Hall and the Academy Awards. Masato Baba’s talent and artistry are a large part of ShastaYama’s inspiration, appeal, and success.

Michelle Fujii

Michelle Fujii, Artistic Director of Portland Taiko, is known and admired for her creative fusion of taiko and dance.

Toru Watanabe

Toru Watanabe is a renowned Japanese folk dance artist and choreographer, and a member of Portland Taiko.

Lawson Inada - Oregon Poet Laureate

Writer Lawson Fusao Inada honors include an Oregon Book Award, an American Book Award, fellowships from the NEA, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. He has served as Steinbeck Chair of its National Center, and as Poet Laureate of Oregon.

Kris Bergstrom

Taiko has become a vehicle of creativity for Kris Bergstrom’s many talents. He has gained a reputation in taiko with ON Ensemble and TaikoProject. Kris brings a fresh and unique spirit to taiko and ShastaYama.

ShastaYama 2011

Saturday, July 30 - 6 p.m.
Shastice Park, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

Mount Shasta: Village Books, Soul Connections
Yreka: Chamber of Commerce
Redding: Bogbean Books & Music
Credit Card: (800) 926-4865 ext. 203
Online: link on this site to Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce

- Gate Opens at 5 pm
- Lawn Seating: blankets, lawn chairs, warm clothes, flashlight advised
- Food & Refreshments Available
- No Glass
- No Pets


From I-5 freeway, take Central Mt. Shasta Exit 738
Turn East on Lake St towards the Mountain
Turn Right on Rockfellow
Turn Left on Adams (Shastice Park entrance)


Shasta Taiko - Russel Baba & Jeanne Mercer
Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce
Mount Shasta Recreation District

Calendar 2011

March 12

Russel & Jeanne collaboration with ON Ensemble - Cerritos Center, Los Angeles

April 17

Benefit Concert for Japan disasters, Russel Baba, Jeanne Mercer, Masato Baba, & Shasta Taiko, Wayside Grill, Mt. Shasta, CA

April 20, 21, 22

Shasta Taiko Residency - Plumas County Arts

April 20

Shasta Taiko Concert - Earth Day Celebration - Plumas County Arts, Town Hall Theatre, Main St. Quincy, CA

May 21

Shasta Taiko Concert - Benefit Concert for Japan Disaster Relief, Weaverville Elementary School,
7pm, Doors open @ 5pm
Food available, Silent Auction, T-shirt sales,
pre-concert show by local musicians,
Tickets: tax deductable - $15, couples $25, children & seniors $5, 5 & under free, pre-sale discount -
Weaverville Chamber of Commerce & Red House Coffee Shop.
Contact: Sue Kilmer (530) 351-2422,

May 28, 29

Russel & Jeanne leading workshops
Collegiate Taiko Invitational, UCLA

June 15

Shasta Taiko - Shasta District Fair, Main Stage,
8 pm, Anderson, CA

July 30


August 19, 20, 21

Russel & Jeanne leading workshops
North American Taiko Conference, Stanford University

December 31, New Year's Eve, 8:30 pm

Russel, Jeanne, & Masato Baba Performance - Tadaima
Taiko & Windscapes
Wayside Grill
2217 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd.
Mt. Shasta, CA