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Makoto Taiko presents Gathering Currents! – a powerful concert of Japanese drumming with Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura and Guest Artist Grammy Award-winning Daniel Ho and his band, the Kilauea Trio including Randy Drake and Steve Billman
Makoto Taiko’s desire in our Gathering Currents Concert is to combine various currents of energy to form a meaningful, true, pure sound. No matter who we are or where we come from, these challenging currents can be united into one. We invite you to share our taiko energy to unite the world one beat at a time.
With a foundation forged from intensive training with the renowned Taiko group Ondekoza, Koji Nakamura has helped craft Makoto Taiko into one of the largest and most diverse ensembles in the US. The group continues to grow with members from all over the Los Angeles area. With an eye towards community connections, Makoto Taiko appears year-round at an ever-expanding list of events and venues. Performances here and in Japan showcase their unique interpretation of the art of Taiko, featuring both traditional and modern compositions.
Guest artist, and six-time Grammy winner, Daniel Ho and his band, the Kilauea Trio, have been performing and recording together for 24 years. With Daniel on piano, ukulele, Hawaiian slack-key guitar, and vocals; Randy Drake on drums; and Steve Billman on bass - the trio presents original music influenced by Daniel's roots in Hawaii and his love for rhythms and melodies from all over the world.
The 70 member ensemble of Makoto Taiko is dedicated to drumming as a means of expression to inspire players and audience members alike. Uniting passion, precision, and spirit, we invite you to Gathering Currents!