Isaku Kageyama
Isaku Kageyama
taiko artist

Isaku Kageyama

guest musician
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Los Angeles, USA
Languages
English
Japanese
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Commercial
Classical
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Hip-Hop
Film Score
World
Trap
Songwriter
instruments
Taikos
Hyoshigi Woodblocks
Atari Gane Bells
Shakers
Tambourine
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taiko artist

Isaku Kageyama

guest musician
Isaku's resume includes performances at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center and recordings for video games such as Ghost of Tsushima. His broad skillset and understanding of a wide range of mediums have made him a first-call taiko artist.

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.

next session(s)
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Jan 31 (SOLD OUT), Feb 24
instruments
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5 Violins I, 5 Violins II, 5 Violas, 4 Celli, 3 Contrabasses (includes C extension)

Notes
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Taiko drums can be played with a wide range of sticks, mallets, and brushes.
next session(s)
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Jan 30 (SOLD OUT), Feb 23
instruments
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WOODWINDS

1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Bb Clarinet, 1 Bassoon

BRASS

2 Bb Trumpets, 1 Tenor Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 French Horns

STRINGS

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

Notes
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Taiko drums can be played with a wide range of sticks, mallets, and brushes.
next session
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APRIL 28
DAW
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Audio Interface
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Arturia (Audiofuse Studio)
preamp
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mics
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AKG C414
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AKG D112
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Sennheiser MD421
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Shure Beta 52a
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Shure Beta 91a
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Shure SM57
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Solomon Mics LoFReQ Sub
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instruments
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Taikos
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Hyoshigi Woodblocks
,
Atari Gane Bells
,
Shakers
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Tambourine
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Notes
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Taiko drums can be played with a wide range of sticks, mallets, and brushes.
I worked with Isaku on Ghost of Tsushima. Not only does he have a comprehensive understanding of traditional Japanese music and western music, but he can also seamlessly integrate the two cultures together beautifully. To top it all off, his professionalism is second to none - making him one of the best collaborators I've ever worked with.
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Bill Hemstapat
Composer
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I had the pleasure of working with Isaku on a new obon song, “Kangie” written by Nobuko Miyamoto. His heartfelt performance elevated the song to everything I could have imagined. He was thoughtful and generous with his ideas and a joy to work with. I look forward to working with him again in the near future.
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Derek Nakamoto
Composer/Producer/Arranger (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson)
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Working with Isaku and his taiko ensemble on the Ghost of Tsushima score was a career highlight for me. I wish everyone on earth could have been in the studio that day, to with hear their own ears (and feel with their own bodies) the power of these performers and their beautiful instruments. I am so impressed by Isaku and his commitment to preserving and promoting Japanese traditional culture through his music. Composers should hire Isaku on their next gig to get the REAL DEAL!
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Chad Cannon
Composer
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