In the alpine beauty of Mount Shasta a cultural phenomenon has taken hold. Taiko — Japanese drumming — is gaining popularity worldwide and has found its way to Mt. Shasta. 24 years ago, musicians Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer founded Shasta Taiko, and their taiko program has had a direct impact on the development of American Taiko.
The annual ShastaYama Festival, at the base of majestic Mt. Shasta will once again entertain and inspire audiences with a spectacle of Japanese drumming, dance, and music. Each year the festival attracted over a thousand concert-goers, who experienced world class artistry in the dramatic venue of Mt. Shasta’s Shastice Park.