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TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers. They were seeking to create a truly American style of taiko, blending traditional forms in which they were raised, with an innovative and fresh aesthetic approach to the Japanese drum. In just 15 short years, they have garnered critical acclaim from all over the world and amassed an impressive resume.

TAIKOPROJECT first made waves when they became the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005, besting all the Japanese taiko groups in attendance. That same year, they were cast in the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, the first and still only national ad campaign to prominently feature taiko.

They followed that up with performances on the 2009 Academy Awards, the 2011 Grammy Awards, NBC's "The Voice," Syfy's Face/Off, and were honored with the prestigious Visionary Award from East West Players. In 2013, TAIKOPROJECT was featured in rock band 30 Seconds to Mars' epic "Up in the Air" music video and appeared with the band on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 91X X-Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with some of the world's most well-known musical artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher, Alicia Keys, A.R. Rahman, John Legend, Kanye West, producer Squeak E. Clean, Sean Paul, Diplo, as well as international stars such as Greek singer Antonis Remos, Persian singer Mansour, Brazilian drumming group Olodum, and Netherlands' Tiesto. They were recently featured in an episode of Ovation TV's critically-acclaimed series "The Art Of" and in Reggie Watts' Halftime Show on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Currently, TAIKOPROJECT is working on artistic collaborations with LA-based Chicano rock band Quetzal, kabuki expert David Furumoto, and the world's leading female taiko artist, Chieko Kojima.

TAIKOPROJECT programs are made possible in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Japan Foundation, as well as our annual BaseBeat donors.

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TAIKOPROJECT

 

The TAIKOPROJECT team is made up of the best and brightest young taiko performers in the U.S.  Since its founding, the group has been fiercely gender-balanced and has embraced the multi-cultural openness that has allowed the art form to thrive in America. 

They are led by two of their generation's leading forces,
Bryan Yamami (Managing Director), and Masato Baba (Artistic Director).

PERFORMERS
Courtney Deguchi, Jen Baik, David Wells, Tomomi Hongo, Yumi Saito, Liz Ishida, Jenny Mimura, Andrew Chen, Keiko Harada, Doug Sakamoto, Brian Yamagata, Darren Endo

APPRENTICES
Kelvin Lee, Blaine O'Brien, Janelle You

TRAINEES
Dan Porter, Audrey Tu
 

 

 
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upcoming dates

2016

Jan. 3 - Mar. 28
Winter Class Session
Little Tokyo Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Jan. 3 - 4
David Furumoto Residency
Little Tokyo Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Jan. 4  
WFA Spotlight Showcase
Western Fairs Association Annual Convention
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Jan. 12      
Corporate Event
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA

Jan. 29 - Feb. 21
SeaWorld Lunar New Year Festival
SeaWorld Theme Park, San Diego, CA

Jan. 30
Riverside Lunar New Year Festival
Main Stage, Downtown Riverside, CA

Feb. 6
Trilogy Release Party
Flora Springs Winery, St. Helena, CA

Feb. 7
The Late Late Show with James Corden
CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA

Feb. 11
Private Event
Chinois Restaurant, Santa Monica, CA

Feb. 11 - 14
Chieko Kojima Residency
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Feb. 13
Private Wedding
Doubletree Hotel, Santa Ana, CA

Feb. 26     
ArtsTeach Presentation
Country Springs Elementary School, Chino Hills, CA

Mar. 4       
ArtsTeach Presentation
Las Palmas Elementary School, San Clemente, CA

Mar. 25      
ArtsTeach Presentation
Serrano Intermediate School, Lake Forest, CA

Apr. 3 - Jun. 27   
Spring Class Session
Little Tokyo Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Apr. 15
ArtsTeach Presentation
Ponderosa Elementary School, Anaheim, CA

Apr. 16
Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival
Barnes Park, Monterey Park, CA

Apr. 21      
Mu Daiko Workshop
Mu Daiko Studio, Minneapolis, MN

Apr. 22
Educational Presentation
Ordway Music Theatre, Saint Paul, MN

Apr. 23
Mainstage Concert
Ordway Music Theatre, Saint Paul, MN

Apr. 23
SoPhis Fashion Show
Hilton Hotel Ballroom, Anaheim, CA

Apr. 24
Mu Daiko/Harisen Daiko Workshops
Mu Daiko Studio, Minneapolis, MN

Apr. 24
Ogden Taiko Workshop
Ogden Buddhist Church, Ogden, UT

Apr. 26
Mainstage Concert
Cache Valley Center for the Arts, Logan, UT

Apr. 27
Educational Presentation
Cache Valley Center for the Arts, Logan, UT

May 24
Annual ArtsTeach Showcase
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA

Summer, 2016
TAIKOPROJECT + Quetzal in Concert
Ford Theatres, Hollywood, CA

Jul. 3 - 31
Summer Class Session
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles, CA

Jul. 16 - 17
TAIKOPROJECT Summer Intensive
Asano Taiko U.S., Torrance, CA

Jul. 30 - 31
Higashi Obon Festival
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles, CA

Aug. 5
Summer Concert Series
Pearson Park Amphitheatre, Anaheim, CA

Aug. 5 - 21
Indiana State Fair
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN

Aug. 27
World Dobo Gathering
Higashi Honganji, Los Angeles, CA

Sep. 4 - Nov. 28  
Fall Class Session
Little Tokyo Studio, Los Angeles, CA

September 15 - 25
TAIKOPROJECT + Chieko Kojima Collaboration
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Oct. 13 - 23
Pacific Northwest Tour
Oregon/Washington

Dec. 10
End-of-Year Bonenkai
Little Tokyo Studio, Los Angeles, CA

 

2017

Jan. 8 - Mar. 27
Winter Class Session
Little Tokyo Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Mar. 8 - 15
Hawaii Tour
Oahu, Hawaii, HI

Spring
TAIKOPROJECT + Ryutaro Kaneko
Interlocking Rhythms Concert Tour
Midwest U.S.

Apr. 2 - Jun. 25
Spring Class Session
Little Tokyo Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Jul. 2 - 31
Summer Class Session
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles, CA

Fall
South U.S. Tour
Southern United States

Sept. 3 - 25
Fall Class Session
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles, CA

 

2018

Jan. 7 - Mar. 26
Winter Class Session
Little Tokyo Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Spring
Northeast U.S. Tour
Northeast U.S.

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For booking and press inquiries, please submit the form below or contact Managing Director Bryan Yamami at 213.268.4011 or bryanyamami@gmail.com

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