kaDON Instructors

Kaoly Asano

The first time Kaoly Asano saw taiko drumming, she felt a familiar sensation as if she was finally “home.” As the founder and lead drummer for GOCOO and its taiko school TAWOO Taiko Dojo, Kaoly has pioneered a free spirited … Continued


Kenny Endo

For nearly 40 years, Kenny Endo has been at the vanguard of the taiko world, continuing to carve new territory in this Japanese style of drumming. He was the first non-Japanese national to be honored with a “natori,” a professional … Continued


Leonard Eto

Leonard Eto is one of the world’s most influential and innovative taiko players. His creativity and vision has deeply molded the way taiko is performed and perceived. Leonard is known for the fluid dance like quality of his movements and … Continued


PJ Hirabayashi

PJ Hirabayashi is the Artistic Director Emeritus, former Artistic Director, and founding member of San Jose Taiko (SJT), a world-class performing ensemble of taiko drummers. She is a pioneer of North American taiko, recognized in the international taiko community for … Continued


Shoji Kameda

Shoji is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer. He started playing taiko at the age of 8 and has played continuously since. He was selected through a highly competitive process as an Asian Pacific Performance Exchange fellow, collaborating with … Continued


Shogo Yoshii

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 … Continued


Kaoru Watanabe

Kaoru Watanabe is a New York-based musician and North America’s leading practitioner of the shinobue (Japanese transverse flute).  Kaoru began playing taiko at the age of 11 as a member of St. Louis Osuwa Taiko and went on to become … Continued


Hibikus Instructors

indra

Taiko project -indra- was founded in 2013 by esteemed taiko artist Yuu Ishizuka, a former member of Oedo Sukeroku Taiko and the son of renowned kabuki musician Saburo Mochizuki. With kumidaiko style of Tokyo as the core, indra combines the … Continued


Masaya Koike

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Masaya Koike started taiko at a young age. After graduating from high school, he joined the Kodo Apprentice Centre in Sado Island, Niigata. There he studied taiko, fue and dance and progressed to become a junior … Continued


Kenichi Koizumi

Born in Saitama, Japan, Kenichi Koizumi studied under Eitetsu Hayashi, a legendary taiko performer, and became a member of Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai. In 2003, Kenichi moved to Australia to study music and joined TAIKOZ in Sydney. He learned various … Continued


Katsuji Kondo

Originally from Mie, Japan, Katsuji Kondo joined Ondekoza on Sado Island right out of high school to study taiko and Tsugaru shamisen. In 1982, he became one of the founding members and key performers of the renowned Kodo, and in 1987 … Continued


Tsuyoshi Maeda

Tsuyoshi has started taiko since young age as part of revive activity of Hanshin Awaji earthquake. In 2008, he has joined Kodo and went to all over the world performing more than 100 performances every year for about 10 years. … Continued


Masaru Tsuji

Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Masaru Tsuji enrolled in the Kodo Apprentice Centre after finishing high school and stayed on as full member of Kodo’s performing ensemble until 2016. While at Kodo, Masaru performed at over 1,900 venues both in and … Continued