Taiko Drummers California

Cabaret & Stage Shows,Cultural Shows,Live Music And DJ,Drumming & Percussion,Specialist Musicians,World & Cultural Acts,Japanese Acts
Taiko Drummers California
Reasons to book this ACT
  • Winner of the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005

  • Appeared on the Academy Awards, NBC’s “The Voice & the X Factor

  • Previous clients inc Diesel, Wal-Mart, Cisco Systems, Mitsubishi, IBM...

  • Popular with weddings, festivals, gala dinners, corporate events...

  • Based in Los Angeles & available to perform at events worldwide

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This act 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 aesthetic approach.   In just 12 short years, they have garnered critical acclaim from all over the world and amassed an impressive resume. 

The Taiko Drummers first made waves when they became the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005, beating out all the Japanese taiko groups in attendance. That same year, they were cast in the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, the first national ad campaign to prominently feature taiko. They followed that up with appearances in some of America’s biggest televised events, such as the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, NBC’s “The Voice,” the Do Something Awards with Glee’s Jane Lynch, and The X-Factor.

They have performed and recorded with some of the world’s most well-known musical artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher & Justin Bieber, rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, Alicia Keyes, A.R. Rahman, John Legend, rapper Xzibit, and Kanye West.

This versatile ensemble can perform on the world’s biggest stages and also in your venue!  Besides performing arts centres and special events, they have performed for weddings, birthday parties, festivals, gala dinners, cocktail receptions, corporate meetings, and any special occasion that calls for taiko! They have coordinated performances for small events with as few as 1-2 taiko drummers and as many as 50 taiko drummers.

"One of the most exciting next generation ensembles playing today. They play with sheer pleasure and consummate skill, telling a story of taiko that is deeply personal and recognizably universal."

MARTY WOLLESEN, UCSD ARTPOWER!, LA JOLLA, CA

"Although the group has a certain youthful swagger, the players are respectful of the tradition without being obsequious. Their brand of taiko is loud, fast and clean— the energy level set at maximum."

THE BULLETIN, VANCOUVER, CANADA

"...they blew the roof off with their energy and willingness to take taiko into the 21st century by experimenting with various media and settings. They take American taiko outside the box."

INTERNATIONAL EXAMINER, SEATTLE, WA

"With an artful blending of music, theater, choreography, costumes and set design, the Taiko Drummers immersed the audience in a special world where traditions of the past inspire art of the present."

MITCH GLICKMAN, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC PROGRAMS,
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART