Fresh Perspective on the Japanese Art of Taiko

November 9, 2012, 12:47 PM HST
* Updated November 9, 4:57 PM
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The On Ensemble will provide an unforgettable performance both visually engaging and musically original on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 7:30pm.

With a fresh perspective on the Japanese art of taiko, On Ensemble (pronounced ohn ensemble) is a group of talented young musicians who have mastered the art of musical exploration.

Masato Baba, Kristofer Bergstrom, Shoji Kameda and Kelvin Underwood are individually recognized as leading artists in their field and have been featured in the music of hit TV shows and feature films.

As On Ensemble they combine their study and deep appreciation of tradition with equally formative experiences as DJs, electronic music producers, jazz drummers, and rock bassists to create a repertoire of ground-breaking music.

They are renowned for their individual accomplishments as well as collaborative successes, infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica, their unique sound has been praised as “completely original and brilliantly conceived,” said Performing Arts Denter Manager, Lee Dombroski.


Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $20 General, $15 Discount and $10 UH Hilo/HawCC students and children, up to age 17, and are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 974-7310 or ordering online at

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