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.