Ep 12 - Isaku

Born : December 12, 1981 in San Francisco, California

“ancient music modern enough to enthrall thousands of young people”
Tokyo Journal 2009 Summer Edition

Performing Background

Isaku Kageyama is a pioneering taiko drummer who has brought the traditional Japanese instrument to the cutting-edge modern art scene across the globe. His distinct sound, strongly rooted in classical Japanese music, adds elements from a wide variety of music genres such as rock, jazz, electronic, Latin, and African, to produce a powerful groove that goes far beyond traditional taiko.

Isaku has collaborated with jazz greats Terumasa Hino, Toshinori Kondo, and Kazutoki Umezu, as well as a wide range of ethnic musicians such as NATA (digeridoo), and Winchester Nii Tete (African percussion), He has worked on projects with fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, and anime legend Takashi Yanase.

He is also a two-time National Odaiko (large drum) Champion, becoming the youngest person to win highest honors at the Mr. Fuji Odaiko Contest in 2000, and Hokkaido in 2003. Isaku has appeared in television commercials and events for brands such as Toyota, Boeing, Japan Postal Service, Aioi Sonpo and Shin Nihon Tatemono.

A powerful musician and icon of traditional Japanese culture, Isaku is one of the primary taiko drummers who will carry the art into the 21st century.


1981年12月12日 米国カリフォルニア州サンフランシスコ生まれ

「何千人もの若い人を熱狂させるモダンな伝統音楽」 - 東京ジャーナル 2009年夏


日野皓正、近藤等則、梅津和時、NATA、Winchester Nii Teteなど世界的ミュージシャンのみならず、ファッションデザイナーの山本寛斎や漫画家のやなせたかしなどと共演。

伝統と創造、和と洋、古来とアヴァンギャルド、様々な要素が交差する独自の音楽性を活かし、コンサートホール、ライブハウス、クラブイベント、レコーディング、舞台のみならず、CM(あいおい損保・新日本建物)や数多くのテレビ番組(SMAP × SMAP、未来図鑑)に出演。


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