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 2009 Academy Awards, the 2011 Grammy Awards, NBC's "The Voice," Syfy's Face/Off, The X-Factor, 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, 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. In 2014, they were featured on 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 Grammy-winning 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, the MAP Fund (Creative Capital), and the Japan Foundation, the Sansei Legacy Fund, the Toyota Giving Circle, AAPIP (Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy), and the Union Bank Foundation, as well as our annual BaseBeat donors.

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

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

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upcoming dates


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



Jan. 8
Oshogatsu Festival
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, CA

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

Feb. 17
TAIKOPROJECT Educational Performances
Monterey Park, CA

Mar. 1
ArtsTeach Educational Performance
Tustin, CA

Mar. 22
TAIKOPROJECT Educational Concert
Gammage Auditorium
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Mar. 25
TAIKOPROJECT + Ryutaro Kaneko
Wilson Center for the Arts
Brookfield, WI

Mar. 31
TAIKOPROJECT + Ryutaro Kaneko
Lied Center for the Arts
Lincoln, NE

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

Apr. 15
So-Phis Annual Fashion Show
Anaheim, CA

May 23
ArtsTeach Annual Performance Showcase
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA

May 27 - 28
Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational
Los Angeles, CA

Rhythmic Relations 2017
Hollywood, CA

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

Jul. 28
Anaheim, CA

Aug. 10 - 13
North American Taiko Conference
San Diego, CA

Southwestern U.S. Tour
Southwestern United States

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



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

Northeast U.S. Tour
Northeast U.S.






For booking and press inquiries, please submit the form below or contact Managing 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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