East Meets West at Music Fair II

This post is one in a series featuring profiles of the outstanding musicians who will perform at our Chadwick Music Fair II event on October 7.  The electric performances of Koshin Taiko drums and Mariachi Tesoro in the Rosenwald Amphitheater will fill the air with vitality.

Look for emails featuring additional performers through the summer and fall.  To see the full lineup of musicians, a list of drawing prizes, and to purchase tickets online, click here  pclaphil.org/music-fair-ii/

Koshin Taiko Drums

Koshin Taiko was brought to life in 1992 and has since grown in a way defined by its variety of members. Koshin is not only unique in its exclusive use of Okedou (“roped tightened”) drums, which have been hand crafted by members but also in its style and presentation of taiko. They emphasize good kata, or arm movements, not just to look good, but also to bring out the full potential sound of the taiko. This is possible due to the level of dedication given by members who practice out of the Venice Japanese Community Center under the direction of Sensei Etsuo Hongo. Together, all of the members bring a bright and spirit-filled energy into each and every performance. It is this quality which makes them very much unique to taiko, hence the translation of Koshin: Bright Heart and Spirit.  To watch their Clippers Game performance, click here.

Mariachi Tesoro

Mariachi Tesoro is a multicultural group of professional musicians that delights audiences with fusion flare.  They perform a variety of genres from traditional Mariachi to Pop, Tex-Mex, and Latin Jazz.  Several of the members are also professional instrumental teachers based in the greater Los Angeles area.   Musical Director and Group Leader Rebecca Gonzales is classically trained in violin and voice at CSU San Jose.  She was the first female to perform with the famous all-male Mariachi Los Camperos, and performed with Mariachi Cobre at Disneyworld’s Epcot Center in Florida.  By special invitation, she sang for President Reagan.  Juan Manuel Cortez is an internationally recognized arranger, composer, and violinist.  Educated at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, Mr. Cortez, has devoted his professional life to the evolution of Mariachi, spinning it in new directions, but never losing the passion that attracts a culturally diverse audience.  For a music sampling from Mariachi Tesoro, click here.


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