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In Appreciation: ShastaYama Success
The 8th Annual ShastaYama was a huge success, thanks to our local community, our Shasta Taiko supporters and volunteers, and the wonderful ShastaYama artists. Each year the presentations and the music achieve new levels of creativity and excellence. Everyone involved, from artists to audience, are truly inspired.
In addition to attracting another thousand attendees, ShsataYama 2012 offered "live streaming" on the internet, which has been getting a positive response from viewers in Japan and the United States. The "live streaming" was made possible by the concerted efforts of John Cumming, Shinya Suzuki, Snowcrest, and Mario Rubino. "Live streaming" has the potential to expose ShastaYama around the world and create interest in Mount Shasta and taiko as well. ShastaYama is special and valuable on many levels. The opportunity to establish an event of interest world-wide is here with ShastaYama.
ShastaYama and Shasta Taiko wish to thank the many community organizations, businesses, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers. ShastaYama is a remarkable event by a small alpine community, tying Mount Shasta, nature, taiko, and the the arts together to create something unique, truly special, and deserving attention world-wide.
Russel Baba & Jeanne Mercer - Shasta Taiko / ShastaYama Click for More Information about ShastaYama 2012
ShastaYama's vision and goals are to present taiko in an advantageous setting and encourage original works to further development of the art of taiko and music. Please check out the other pages on this site for more information on ShastaYama.
"At the ShastaYama Taiko Concert, set in Mt. Shasta's Shastice Park where the slopes of the towering mountain rise above you, the evening will provide a full sensory experience. As you sit gazing at the mountain, you'll feel the waves of sound pass through you when the performers drum...in a celebration of music and culture."
Renee Casterline, InsideOut Magazine
Shasta Taiko is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are to introduce, teach, develop, promote, and preserve the art of taiko and related music and arts, thereby culturally enriching the community and artistically evolving the art. These purposes will be achieved through a community taiko program which includes ongoing classes; maintaining a performing group to give educational demonstrations and public performances; special workshops; guest artists; and an annual taiko festival.
"ShastaYama is the fruit of decades of taiko in Mt. Shasta, where (Russel) Baba and (Jeanne) Mercer have built a legacy of taiko that has reached across the country and influenced the next generation of taiko artists."
Renee Caterline, InsideOut Magazine
“We believe that one of mankind’s higher level of development is through music, art, and culture; and that cultural exchange and sharing will help to cut through ignorance, misunderstanding, and fear, helping to attain a higher consiousness for all.
The practice of art and music as a discipline liberates oneself by developing new skills, discovering different points of view, growing in self-expression, gaining confidence, and creating something to share with others while hopefully developing awareness, insight, understanding, and compassion”
Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer - founders of Shasta Taiko & ShastaYama