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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 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. In 2016, TAIKOPROJECT collaborated with Grammy-winning Chicano rock band Quetzal to reopen the new Ford Theatres, trained with kabuki expert David Furumoto, and collaborated with KODO's Chieko Kojima.  In 2017, they will tour across the nation multiple times and are currently appearing in commercials for 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.

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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, 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, Lisa Woo

 

 
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upcoming dates

2017

On-going Television Commercial Campaign
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Food Network

Apr. 14
Educational Performance
Amerimont Elementary School
Anaheim Hills, CA

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

Apr. 18-19
Educational Performances
Redlands, CA

Apr. 21
ArtsTeach Educational Performance
Pasadena, CA

Apr. 23
Bombu Taiko & Kitsune Taiko

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival
Monterey Park, CA

May 4 - 5
Fort Wayne Residency
Fort Wayne, IN

May 6 - 7
Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival
Fort Wayne, IN

May 7
Kitsune Taiko

Fiesta Matsuri
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Los Angeles, CA

May 9
ArtsTeach Educational Performance
Lugonia Elementary School
Redlands, CA

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

May 25
ArtsTeach Educational Performance
La Palma, CA

May 27
Educational Workshops
Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational
Los Angeles, CA

Jun. 15
John Lin Golf Tournament
Whittier, CA

Jun. 18
Rhythmic Relations 2017
Warner Grand Theatre
Downtown San Pedro, CA
Tickets on sale now!

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

Jul. 28
TAIKOPROJECT Concert
Anaheim, CA

Aug. 25
Private Event
Cathedral of St. Vibiana
Los Angeles, CA

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

Sept. 28 - Oct. 10
New Mexico Tour
Various Cities, NM

 

2018

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

Spring
National Tour
Northwest 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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