Russel Baba

Senior Vocationist

Russel Baba is a gifted musician and creative artist who has focused on refining an intuitive, natural style. His distinctive sound on the saxophone and flutes, plus the innovative approach in his writing, have opened opportunities to perform and tour with esteemed artists in the creative as well as traditional fields.

Russel started taiko training in 1972 with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo under Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka. Together, Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer founded Shasta Taiko in 1985 and ShastaYama, an annual summer outdoor taiko/music festival at the base of majestic Mount Shasta in 2005. Throughout the years, Russel has influenced and inspired his peers as well as the next generation of artists, and is a recognized pioneer in Asian American jazz and American taiko.

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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 […]