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Check out the L.A. Times article on the health benefits of taiko drumming above!  For more information on our taiko classes for adults and youth, visit www.taikoprojectacademy.com

Check out the L.A. Times article on the health benefits of taiko drumming above!  For more information on our taiko classes for adults and youth, visit www.taikoprojectacademy.com

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, 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

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. 24      
Dubai World Cup Opening Ceremony
Dubai, U.A.E.

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. 16 - 17
Private Event
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

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

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

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

Apr. 24
Mu Daiko/Harisen Daiko/Taikollaborative 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

Apr. 28
Special Event
Amada Miyachi Offices, Monrovia, CA

Apr. 29
ArtsTeach Presentation
Vine Elementary School, West Covina, CA

May 4
ArtsTeach Presentation
Longfellow Elementary School, Long Beach, CA

May 12, 7-8 pm
Free Introductory Taiko Class
TAIKOPROJECT Studio, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

May 14
Kitsune Taiko Performance
Larchmont Charter School, Los Angeles, CA

May 20
ArtsTeach Presentation
Carden Conejo School, Westlake Village, CA

May 22, 6:15-7:15 pm
Free Introductory Taiko Class
TAIKOPROJECT Studio, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

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

Jun. 3
ArtsTeach Presentation
Stone Creek Elementary, Irvine, CA

Jul. 8, 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
Registration Information (only 2 spots left!)
Asano Taiko U.S., Torrance, CA

Jul. 17
Tokyo Nebuta Festival
The Avalon, Hollywood, CA

Jul. 19 - 20
Uniqlo Promotional Events
Disney Springs, Orlando, FL

Jul. 23
Corporate Event
Wyndham Hotel, Anaheim, 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

Aug. 29
Independent Artist Showcase
Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference
TAIKOPROJECT Studio, Los Angeles, CA

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

September 15 - 25
TAIKOPROJECT + Chieko Kojima in "Road to Kumano"
David Henry Hwang Theatre
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Sept. 30    
Special Event
Torrance, CA

Oct. 12 - 24
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. 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

Summer
Rhythmic Relations 2017
Hollywood, 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.  For information on our taiko classes, please visit: www.taikoprojectacademy.com

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