Marimbist Naoko Takada has her own line of marimba mallets.
Some musicians you have to coax to talk -- or play. They're too shy or they're afraid they won't play perfectly. But talk and music just pour out of Naoko Takada, the Japan-born marimbist whose height is inversely proportional to her talent. She did her interview with Off-Ramp host John Rabe standing at the marimba that dominates her Los Angeles livingroom.
Come see her play for free Sunday, March 28th, at 7pm, at a free concert at UCLA's Royce Hall, as West Los Angeles Symphony maestro Sir Angel Romero conducts Kevin Puts's Marimba Concerto. (Also on the program: San Diego Symphony principal harpist Julie Ann Smith performs with the orchestra.)
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Naoko has two more concerts soon. Check the link on the left for one. The other is at the Orange Lutheran High School on May 15 (Saturday) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.