This ain’t your mama’s taiko,
but it may be your hip, younger cousin’s


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Funders and Partners



TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers led by Bryan Yamami and Masato Baba.  The group continues to define a modern American style of taiko, blending traditional forms with an innovative and fresh aesthetic.

TAIKOPROJECT first made waves when they became the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005, besting all of the Japanese taiko groups in the competition. That year, they were cast in the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, the first and still only national advertising campaign to prominently feature taiko.

Since then, the group has performed on the Academy Awards, the Grammy AwardsNBC's "The Voice," Syfy's Face/Off, The X-Factor, rock band 30 Seconds to Mars' "Up in the Air" music video, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and were honored with the prestigious Visionary Award from East West Players.

TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Usher, Alicia Keys, A.R. Rahman, John Legend, Kanye West, producer Squeak E. CleanSean Paul, Diplo, as well as international stars such as Greek singer Antonis Remos, Persian singer Mansour, Brazil's Olodum, and Netherlands' Tiesto. They have recently appeared on Ovation TV's "The Art Of", The Late Late Show with James CordenFood Network's Iron Chef Gauntlet, and the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

TAIKOPROJECT has performed at many of the premiere performing arts centers in the country, including the Ordway Center (St. Paul, MN), Meany Hall (Seattle, WA), Mondavi Center (Davis, CA), Tower Theatre (Bend, OR), Hatfield Hall (Terre Haute, IN), Lied Center (Lincoln, NE), Gammage Auditorium (Phoenix, AZ), Ford Theatres (Hollywood, CA), Cache Valley Center (Logan, UT), Macey Center (Socorro, NM), and the Ferst Center (Atlanta, GA), just to name a few. 

TAIKOPROJECT programs are made possible in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the MAP Fund (Creative Capital), the Japan Foundation, the Sansei Legacy Fund, the Toyota Giving Circle, AAPIP (Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy), the Union Bank Foundation, as well as our annual BaseBeat donors.  

General Inquiries, Community, Special, & Corporate Events
Contact us at taikoproject@gmail.com

Performing Arts Centers, Theatres, Fairs, & Theme Parks
Harmony Artists

Educational Programs & Schools
Segerstrom Center ArtsTeach (Orange County)
Music Center On Tour (Los Angeles County)
TAIKOPROJECT (All other areas)


2019 Promo Trailer  Excerpts from our theatrical concert program "Surrounding Suns," filmed at the prestigious Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2016.  Filmed by Jenny San Angel and Michael Jury.  Edited by Department 4.

2019 Suzuki Katana Reveal  TAIKOPROJECT created an energetic reveal performance for the iconic 2019 Suzuki Katana motorcycle.

Mic Check in the Morning 2018  Feature from our appearance on Anchorage’s Daybreak

Festival Internacional 2017  Mini-documentary on the Costa Rica leg of our Central America tour, sponsored by The Japan Foundation.

Television Sizzle Reel  Clips of our television program and commercial appearances, including Iron Chef Gauntlet, music videos, the Late Late Show, NBC's The Voice, the Grammy Awards, the Academy Awards, and commercials for Nike and Mitsubishi.

ArtsTeach 2017  Sample of our in-school program "Big Rhythms, Big Drums" on offer as part of Segerstrom Center's ArtsTeach roster.

Ford Theatres Grand Re-Opening  2016 behind-the-scenes documentary with Quetzal

The Art Of Feature  2014 Documentary featured on Ovation TV