Jeanne Mercer

Senior Vocationist

Jeanne Aiko Mercer is a pioneering American taiko artist who began taiko training in 1972 under Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo. She started Shasta Taiko in 1985 with Russel Baba, and in 2005 they launched the spectacular outdoor taiko festival – ShastaYama. Jeanne has led workshops for North American Taiko Conferences, Collegiate Taiko Invitationals, and the first Summer Taiko Institute.

Mercer has contributed to movie soundtracks – The Right Stuff and Star Wars – and is featured in the CD recordings Russel Hisashi Baba, Spirit Drum, Tadaima, and Korewakorewa. Besides leading Shasta Taiko, she is a member of Tadaima, a creative music ensemble led by Russel Baba. Jeanne is known for her technical skills and creative compositions and continues to dedicate her life to the tradition, innovation, and growth of taiko.

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