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At CERO, collaboration is the name of the game. Whether we collaborate with our customers to find the ultimate cargo solution for them, our product development team to improve upon the already awesome CERO One, or a completely new idea from local visionarie

This last style of collaboration played out when we were approached by Kris Bergstrom, Taiko master extraordinaire and lead of the drum collective Arugakki, to partner on a roving, eco-friendly  Taiko drum ensemble during downtown LA’s Ciclavia! Started in 2010, CicLAvia temporarily closes streets to car traffic and opens them to tens of thousands of Los Angelenos as a public park. 

The 30-member taiko ensemble departed from MacArthur Park, drumming along the CicLAvia route to downtown Los Angeles. More than 1800 musicians will perform at various stages and along the CicLAvia route.  Arugakki was commissioned to write site-specific music for the event and is debuting two new pieces for taiko. After a 2-hour performance, the ensemble rode home, drumming from Los Angeles to Torrance.

For Torrance-based Arugakki, the bike-powered performance is an outgrowth of Kris’s environmental concerns.  “As my career grew, so did my air travel, and I realized it was getting worse…  I don’t want my success as a musician to be bad for the environment.”  Five years ago Kris got rid of his car, created a plan for reducing his CO2 from flying, and set out to design local alternatives to the long-distance performances he had previously been seeking.  As a celebration of bicycles and Los Angeles, CicLAvia was the perfect fit.

For the past five years Kris has been designing and welding custom bike carts and bike attachments that allow for mobile taiko.  CERO was excited to join in on this celebration of sustainable transportation, Japanese traditions (after all, our CEO Kiyoshi is originally from Japan and the CERO One owes some design influence to the Mamachari) so we provided three Cero One cargo bicycles.  The cargo racks of the Cero One added six drums to the ensemble, thanks to Kris’ custom carriers

 

Cargo bikes are all about pushing the limits of what a bicycle can do, and CERO will be there to help Kris’s dream become a reality, as well any other visionary’s idea of how the CERO One can make something extraordinary happen.All

“My dream is a mobile taiko concert.  Imagine riding your bike around a corner in Los Angeles and finding yourself in a performance where the whole city rings with the huge sound of taiko,” Kris told us.  With massive drums, hand-held percussion, and 30 performers, Arugakki is moving ever closer to its dream.

All photos by Taso Papadakis: https://www.tasophoto.com/