Born in Yokohama, Japan, Shogo Yoshii began his taiko and shinobue training at the age of 14, and kokyu (Japanese string instrument) at the age of 19. Before joining KODO in 2003, he traveled the Japanese countryside to study folk music and tribal music of Japan. On stage in KODO, Shogo was featured on taiko, metallic percussion, shinobue, kokyu and in dance pieces. In 2010, he joined the musical ensemble of “Babel (words)” choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, followed by a music director and performer role in Arte y Solera’s flamenco piece, “Dojoji.” Prior to his departure from KODO, Shogo produced the Earth Celebration 2012.
Since debuting as a solo artist in 2013, Shogo has produced musical components and performed at various dance productions in Japan and worldwide. He has also been involved with Barcelona’s “Matsuri Japan” in recent years as a music director, composer and choreographer. He currently tours with a dance production “FractusV” by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Find more information at shogoyoshii.com.