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Taikoza

Instrument/Discipline: Taiko

Work Address: New York City
Email: shaku8@aol.com
Website: taikoza.com

Do you teach?Yes

Do you perform? Yes

Additional information: workshops, lecture demonstrations on Japanese flutes, Taiko,  and Japanese dance

Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.  This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances. Taikoza has touched audiences worldwide with its passionate performances led by International Master of Taiko and Shakuhachi: Marco Lienhard.

Taikoza has toured internationally and has been nominated for best Asian Song (“Tozan Matsuri”from the CD  Tree Spirit) in 2017 for the Just Plain Folks Awards and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, Russian National TV and many other programs around the world. Taikoza’s music is featured on Nintendo’s wii game: Red Steel 1 and 2. The group has performed for the SUMO tournament at Madison Square Garden and tour. Taikoza presents a very popular program for schools in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Virginia area for Young Audiences and Symphony Space. Taikoza programs have been funded with NEA , Rockefeller, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs grants.

Taikoza was formed in New York City by Marco Lienhard (a star member of Ondekoza -the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world). The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Republic of Georgia, etc. Performances include corporate events for Merrill Lynch, Gillette, Ameritech, City of Los Angeles, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Dell Computers, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, Pfizer, Merck, Diesel, and Sony.