On Ensemble

ON Ensemble

Performing in the 2013 Green Show Wednesday, July 24.

This is their fifth season in the OSF Green Show.

On Ensemble takes the ancient taiko into new realms.

On Ensemble (pronounced “Ohn”) takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms. Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica, On Ensemble’s unique sound has been praised as “completely original and brilliantly conceived.” Modern Drummer magazine calls On Ensemble “an exciting taiko ensemble looking at new ways to apply traditional Japanese drums.” On Ensemble’s four members, Masato Baba, Kristofer Bergstrom, Shoji Kameda and Kelvin Underwood, are individually recognized as leading artists in their field and sought after as teachers, workshop leaders, composers and performers. 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 groundbreaking music.

On Ensemble on Community: We perform mainly in concert halls and schools. Our goal is to educate people about what taiko is as well as how taiko can be fused to other instruments and genres. We have performed for the Green Show before and we love the Ashland community. Two of us grew up just south in Mt. Shasta and we feel that it's almost like coming home to perform. One of our members, Kelvin, lives in Ashland.