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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LegacyLab: “Full Circle” with Jeanne Mercer

Mountain View Buddhist Temple 575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA, United States

CLICK HERE to REGISTER “When I first saw taiko, it was an unexpected revelation. My reaction was emotional, visceral, and something else --- something that surprised me --- the voice […]

ShastaYama 2006 Watch Party

Sunday, March 31st, 2024, 1:00 to 3:00 pm PDT LIVE Broadcast on the TaikoVentures Facebook Page Cost: Free Featuring: Seiichi Tanaka and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo Jeanne Mercer, Russel […]