Taiko Drummers
 

鈴木 久美子
Kumiko Suzuki


Born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan. Kumiko joined her local Taiko group when she was 10 years old. She learnt Hatsuuma-Taiko (traditional local performance art)  and became the principal Taiko drummer. 

Kumiko came to London at 1997. She joined Joji Hirota and Taiko Drummers in 2001. She has diversified to a modern style of taiko drumming. In her career to date she has collaborated with lots of great artists including Roger Taylor (Queen), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) at Live Earth (Wembley Stadium) 2007, Midge Ure (Ultravox) at WOMAD S.Korea 2005, Kenny Endo (Taiko Master in Hawaii), John Kaizan Neptune (Shakuhachi Master) 2006 etc.

She has performed and collaborated with all types of world music styles and artists at WOMAD Spain 2002, WOMAD Adelaide and New Zealand 2008, WOMAD UK 2003/2006/2010, An American Tour 2003/2004, Bruges festival 2004/2007, Sibiu Festival, Czech Tour with Cechomor 2007. La Notte de Taranta in Italy 2011 performed and directed by Ludovico Einaudi. Kumiko has performed worldwide in more than twenty different countries.

Kumiko played at Ronnie Scott's (London) and Glastonbury 2011with Jah Wobble (ex Public Image Limited bassist) & The Nippon Dub Ensemble.

She recently collaborated in 'Globe Show'  world music and dance in Ireland 2011-12 and '女子衆 ONAGOSHi' in Italy 2013-14.

Kumiko has taught her Taiko workshops to Royal Shakespeare Company, Japanese Society and schools and organisations in the UK and Italy.

 

森谷 圭介
Keisuke Moriya

Born in Hokkaido, North Japan. He has studied Taiko in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku Island (South West Japan) with Meitoku Gijyuku High School. Joining Akatsuki Daiko (Reading, UK) in 2004 – 2008 .

He later became a member of London Taiko Drummers led by the renowned Japanese Taiko player/multi-percussionist Joji Hirota since 2005 – and has been touring extensively in more than 20 countries. He has performed in music festivals such as WOMAD UK, Latitude Festival, Sibiu Festival, Bruges Festiva 2004/2007/2011, Czech Tour with Cechomor 2007,Wold Village Festival in Helsinki 2013 and collaborated with lots of great artists including Roger Taylor (Queen), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) at Live Earth (Wembley Stadium) 2007.

His recent development is that he has been collaborating with Shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa touring in the UK. 

 

加藤 由紀子
Yukiko Kato

Yukiko was born in Chiba, Japan. She participated in the Ship for World Youth programme (Japan) and that brought her to meet Taiko. She learned a piece of song called "Hacchoisa" at  Tsuzuki Taiko Group in Yokohama, Japan for a purpose of performing it at the programme and spreading taiko to all participants from all over the world.

She moved to London and she has joined Joji Hirota & Taiko Drummers group since 2002. She has played at Womad festival in Sri Lanka 2005, South Korea 2005 and UK 2003/2006, Standon Call Festival in UK, Bruges Festival 2004/2007/2011, Sibiu Festival, Wold Village Festival in Helsinki 2013 and the other occasions in UK, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Croatia and Poland. She also played at Live Earth concert at Wembley stadium in 2007.


林 良憲
Yoshinori Hayashi

Born in Nagoya, Japan, Yoshinori began his early musical education in classical music on the violin and theory of music at the age of 7. During the study of further musical theory and aesthetics at university, he became fascinated by the music of different culture and origin. He soon started learning Taiko with Joji Hirota. Since 2007 based in London, he has become a regular performing member of Joji Hirota and the Taiko Drummers, and with them toured extensively in the UK and Europe.He has played in more than 10 countries within Europe and the Middle East as well as many locations in the UK, and appeared in major festivals such as Womad 2010, L'attitude Festival 2010, and La notte della taranta 2011.

 

Flute

渡辺 江美
Emi Watanabe

 

 

Tsugarujamisen

一川 響
Hibiki Ichikawa

Hibiki began learning basic techniques and traditional Japanese songs under a Akihiro Ichikawa.

He has also performed internationally at events in Poland and South Korea.
Since 2008, Hibiki has been teaching the shamisen regularly in his
hometown of Ishikawa.
While living in England, He would like to introduce the Tsugaru
shamisen to an international audience by teaching and performing as much as possible. 

 

Koto - Japanese Harp

北村桂子
Keiko Kitamura