With over 15 years of experience, Isaku is a versatile collaborator who's appeared on NBC, VH1 and BET, toured with the Japan Foundation and done residencies at The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. He currently serves as performer, composer, arranger and recording/mix engineer for Drumspeak, the World Percussion Ensemble of Los Angeles, and the Obon Classics Project.Formerly a principal drummer of Amanojaku, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Longy School of Music of Bard College. He is a two-time National Odaiko Champion, becoming the youngest person to win highest honors at the Mt. Fuji Odaiko Contest in 2000, and Hokkaido in 2003.Isaku is able to record a wide range of taiko drums, including a 32” Odaiko, 18” and 16” Chudaiko, 14” Shimedaiko, as well as wood/metal percussion instruments from Japan. He is able to recreate the sound of a large taiko ensemble in the studio, perform parts written in standard rhythmic notation, improvise and provide advice on how to compose parts for taiko.
5 Violins I, 5 Violins II, 5 Violas, 4 Celli, 3 Contrabasses (includes C extension)
1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Bb Clarinet, 1 Bassoon
2 Bb Trumpets, 1 Tenor Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 French Horns
1 Harp, 5 Violins I, 4 Violins II, 4 Violas, 4 Violoncellos, 1 Contrabass (includes C extension)
PERCUSSION (1 PERCUSSIONIST)
Timpani, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Triangle, Tambourine, Woodblock