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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 approach to the Japanese drum.

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

Since then, the group has performed on the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, NBC's "The Voice," Syfy's Face/Off, The X-Factor, rock band 30 Seconds to Mars' "Up in the Air" music video, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and were honored with the prestigious Visionary Award from East West Players.

TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with 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 have recently appeared on Ovation TV's critically-acclaimed series "The Art Of", The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Food Network's Iron Chef Gauntlet.

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, the MAP Fund (Creative Capital), the Japan Foundation, the Sansei Legacy Fund, the Toyota Giving Circle, AAPIP (Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy), the Union Bank Foundation, as well as our annual BaseBeat donors.  The company is represented by California Artists Management, Capitol International Productions, and the Segerstrom Center's ArtsTeach Program.

 

 

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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 (Executive Director), and Masato Baba (Artistic Director).

PERFORMERS
Courtney Deguchi, Jen Baik, Yumi Saito, Liz Ishida, Jenny Mimura, Andrew Chen, Keiko Harada, Blaine O'Brien, Doug Sakamoto, Brian Yamagata, Darren Endo

APPRENTICE
Audrey Tu

TRAINEES
Risa Isogawa, Kaz Mogi, Michael Ponder, Vanessa Wilbur

 

 
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upcoming dates

2017

Oct. 4
Residency Activities
Silver City, NM

Oct. 5
Residency Activities
Socorro, NM

Oct. 6, 7:30 pm
TAIKOPROJECT All-Stars Concert
Socorro, NM

Oct. 7, 7 pm
TAIKOPROJECT All-Stars Concert
Silver City, NM

Oct. 11 - 13
Residency Activities
Methow Arts Alliance
Twisp, WA

Oct. 14, 7 pm
TAIKOPROJECT All-Stars Concert
Methow Arts Alliance
Twisp, WA

Oct. 15, 3 pm
TAIKOPROJECT All-Stars Concert
Omak Performing Arts Center
Omak, WA

Nov. 10
Private Performance
Colorado Springs, CO

Dec. 9
TAIKOPROJECT Academy
End-of-Year Bonenkai
Los Angeles, CA

Dec. 13
Harbor Day School
Corona Del Mar, CA

Dec. 15
Fanning Elementary School
Brea, CA

 

2018

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

Feb. 23
University Park Elementary School
Irvine, CA

Mar. 4
Hering Auditorium
Fairbanks Concert Association
Fairbanks, AK

Mar. 9
Atwood Concert Hall
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Anchorage, AK

Mar. 22
Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

May 18
Hermosa View Elementary School
Hermosa Beach, CA

Jun. 8 & 9
International Taiko Concert Nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

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For booking and press inquiries, please submit the form below or contact Executive Director Bryan Yamami at 213.268.4011 or bryanyamami@gmail.com.  For information on our taiko classes, please visit: www.taikoprojectacademy.com

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