Meet Koji, one of our core Gintenkai performers.
- Why did you choose Tsukasa Taiko?
My friend Eigen was learning with Tsukasa. He had been playing since he was 4, and I joined when I was 7. We’re two of the original Tsukasa Taiko members. I never would have guessed that we’d both become performance unit members back then, but 12 years later we’re both proud Ginten drummers.
- Please share your most memorable Tsukasa moment.
Learning Ku-Ru-Ri, one of the most complicated, hyper-dynamic, synchronized composition only select Gintenkai members have been taught. Ku-ru-ri also represents a particular routine for the small taiko in chamber (ozashiki) music and was originally a part of a shamisen composition. This piece is truly in Tsukasa fashion where we’re able to perform an excerpt from a traditional composition, but reconstituted and modernized to fit our contemporary presentations.
- What do you look forward to doing with Tsukasa in the future?
As always, I look forward to new stages and collaborating with various artists. As a seasoned performance unit member, I enjoy recurring shows as well as new opportunities to showcase our group. I love seeing where taiko can take me next. Sometimes it’s a shared stage with established jazz musicians, sometimes it’s a performance with traditional Japanese grand masters, and sometimes it’s with other community groups. It’s always unpredictable, but I love that.