Instrument/Discipline: Tsuzumi, Shimetaiko, Kabuki Hayashi 歌舞伎囃子
School (流): Katada
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Katada-kai
Professional Name (芸名): Katada Kikusa 堅田喜久佐
Do you teach? Yes
Do you perform? Yes
Mikko Arimoto Henson first studied Kabuki-style percussion at UCLA Fine Arts Department’s Japanese Classical Performing Arts Summer Session in 1981 with Grand Master Katada Kisaku from Japan. Subsequently, she organized a group to invite the Master to LA for a special intensive workshop twice a year. She also studied hayashi in Tokyo. After five years of training she was granted a teaching credential and the name Katada Kikusa from the Grand Master. The Grand Master Katada Kisaku is the most honored classical percussion musician in Japan today and is designated as a National Living Treasure.