I had a wonderful time this past week in Los Angeles. I spent some quality time with Kris Bergstrom of On Ensemble and the recently established Los Angeles Taiko Institute working on a new taiko-oriented arrangement of my composition ‘King Worm’. Kris is going to be using the piece as teaching (and potentially also performance) […]

As 2012 comes to an end, I am really looking forward to seeing and playing with my friends from Los Angeles, On Ensemble, in early 2013. Gonna be a groovy start to the new year. We’ll be showcasing at APAP in New York city in January, with jolly taikoist and flutist extraordinaire, Kaoru Watanabe. APAP […]

I am very excited to be participating in the 2012 Eastern Taiko Conference. I will be teaching two workshops, on the topics of chappa playing and lateral drumming/ katsugi-daiko, as well as performing in concert at the conference with good friends On Ensemble and Kaoru Watanabe.
Should be great fun! Visit the conference site here for more details.

UPDATE: I have recorded some rhythm sketches on chappa and katsugi oke-daiko in advance of the upcoming workshops. Check-out the video clip here.

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I am looking forward to traveling to the US in March for two events. I will be instructing a combined chappa and katsugi-daiko workshop at my good friend Kaoru Watanabe‘s taiko centre in Brooklyn (NY) on March 28th. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of both chappa and katsugi-daiko playing, as well as […]