Masato "Devon?" Baba
Maz began playing and studying taiko at the age of six under his parents, jazz musician Russel Baba and taiko drummer Jeanne Mercer, who were among the first members of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. With Shasta Taiko, Maz has performed and helped teach workshops in Alaska, Oregon, and California and was featured on the album "Spirit Drum - Taiko Stories from America". He was also a member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble and was an instructor and director of the Youth Group at Endo's school, The Taiko Center of the Pacific. Currently, Maz resides in Los Angeles and works as a key artistic lead with TAIKOPROJECT and On Ensemble. In 2010, he spearheaded the recording of TP's first CD, "Surrounding Suns," and continues to be one of the lead composers in the group.