TAIKOPROJECT 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 to the Japanese drum. Over the past 18 years, they have garnered critical acclaim from all over the world and amassed an impressive resume.
TAIKOPROJECT 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 and only national ad campaign to feature taiko prominently. They followed that up with performances in some of America's highest profile events, including the 2009 Academy Awards and the 2011 Grammy Awards. In 2012, TAIKOPROJECT performed for the televised National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC, the Fall X-Factor semi-finals, Syfy's Face/Off, and was honored with the annual Visionary Award from East West Players. In 2013, TAIKOPROJECT was featured in rock band 30 Seconds to Mars' epic “Up in the Air” music video and appeared with the band on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. They have also garnered national arts recognition by receiving major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, MAPFund, and the Japan Foundation.
TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with some of the world's most well-known musical artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher, Alicia Keys, A.R. Rahman, John Legend, Kanye West, Sean Paul, as well as international stars such as Greek singer Antonis Remos, Persian singer Mansour, and DJ Tiesto.
TAIKOPROJECT’s recent activities include collaborations with Chieko Kojima and Ryutaro Kaneko of KODO, Grammy Award-winning Chicano rock band Quetzal, Kabuki expert David Furumoto, koto and shamisen virtuoso Sumie Kaneko, and the Blue 13 Dance Company.