Japanese Drumming and Performing Arts
Oak Park River Forest High School201 North Scoville Avenue, Oak Park, IL, United States
JASC | 4427 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640, United States
Oliver W Holmes Elementary SchoolOak Park, IL, United States
Wabash College301 W. Wabash Ave. Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Central Road Elementary School3800 Central Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, United States
University of Chicago International House Assembly Hall1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, United States
Andrew Jackson Language Academy1340 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60607, United States
Japantown Peace PlazaJapantown Peace Plaza, Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States
Morton Arboretum4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532
Mitsuwa Plaza Shopping Center, 100 E Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, United States
Collaborators and Friends
Tsukasa Taiko is proud of our collaborative efforts with various aspects of the arts.
Grand Master Fujima Shunojo
Grand Master Fujima Yoshinojo (Rika Lin)
Founder and Director of GenRyu Arts
Fukuhara Hyakkyo (flute)
& Fukuhara Tsuruka (taiko)
Both artists are certified performers from the traditional Fukuhara clan performing actively in the Kabuki - Nagauta tradition as well as other collaborative works.
Born into a traditional Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) family, he started his formal practice in early age under acclaimed grand master Taizan Kawamura.
Born on Chicago’s west side, Dee Alexander is one of Chicago’s most gifted and respected female vocalist/songwriters.
Edward Wilkerson Jr.
Edward Wilkerson Jr. is an internationally recognized jazz musician, composer, arranger, and educator based in Chicago.
She is a member of the Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians and works in theater, for voice-overs and film, and is a screenwriter and poet.
Yoko Reikano Kimura
Yoko Reikano Kimura performs classical Japanese music in the Yamada School style as well as more contemporary music on the koto and shamisen.
Ayako Kato is a dancer and choreographer from Yokohama, Japan. She trained in classical ballet in Japan, butoh with master Kazuo Ohno, as well as tai chi, Noh theater dance, and modern dance upon moving to the US.
Douglas R. Ewart
Douglas R. Ewart (http://aacmchicago.org/douglas-ewart-0) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, instrument builder and visual artist.
Nicole Mitchell is a flutist, bandleader, composer, and educator. Mitchell is the founder of the critically acclaimed Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings, and has been named Jazz Flutist of the Year (2010) by the Jazz Journalist Association, Top Flutist (2010) by Downbeat Magazine, and Chicagoan of the Year (2006) by the Chicago Tribune.
Aoki formed the National Gintenkai Project, teaching advanced players from Gen Taiko the same Gintenkai pieces he teaches Tsukasa’s Gintenkai Unit. Throughout the year, members fly out to play in annual performances for each group.