TAIKO CARAVAN!


Mu is bringing the pulsating energy of Japanese taiko drumming back to the Southern Theater! Mu Daiko celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Southern’s distinctive venue with its signature driving rhythms and dramatic visual artistry. Tracing its growth from its ad-hoc roots in 1997 to the present blend of theater, dance, and music, Mu Daiko presents an eclectic program including favorite works from the past, original compositions, and a new joint commission from the Reif Center in Grand Rapids and Sheldon Theater in Red Wing. The distinguished San Jose Taiko Group joins in the fun for the second weekend of performances. As one of the oldest and most prestigious taiko ensembles in the country, San Jose Taiko is a fundamental figure in the origins and continuing development of North American taiko.







THE CAST
Mu Daiko

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Rick Shiomi, Artistic Director
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Iris Shiraishi
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Jennifer Weir
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Gregg Amundson
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Jeff Ellsworth
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Heather Jeche
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Craig Schultz
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Susan Tanabe
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Joe Mignano


San Jose Taiko

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Roy Hirabayashi, Executive Director
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PJ Hirabayashi, Artistic Director
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Yurika Chiba
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PJ Hirabayashi
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Alex Hudson
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Franco Imperial
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Dylan Solomon
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Meg Suzuki
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Wisa Uemura
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Adam Weiner

* denotes member of Actors Equity
PRODUCTION STAFF
Artistic Director
Rick Shiomi
Artistic Advisors
Iris Shiraishi, Director of Taiko Programs

Jennifer Weir, Senior Taiko Artist
Lighting Design
Jennifer DeGolier
Costume Design
Angie Vo

* denotes member of Actors Equity