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Taiko Drummer in Los Angeles

Berklee College of Music Graduate (Magna Cum Laude)
Longy School of Music of Bard College (Master of Arts)
Principal Drummer of Amanojaku 2006-2011
Performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center
Extensive Recording Experience as a Session Musician

Isaku Kageyama is a taiko performer, educator, and recording artist based in Los Angeles, CA.  His resume includes performances on networks such as NBC and VH1, venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and tours of across North, South, and Central America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

He currently works with Asano Taiko US UnitOne, film-scoring extravaganza The Masterpiece Experience, virtual reality creators Rhythm of the Universe, and records video game music with Materia Collective.

Formerly a principal drummer of premiere ensemble Amanojaku, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts from Longy School of Music of Bard College.

He is also a two-time National Odaiko (large drum) Champion, becoming the youngest person to win highest honors at the Mt. Fuji Odaiko Contest in 2000, and Hokkaido in 2003.

From 2011-2014, Isaku was the taiko instructor at Wellesley University and the University of Connecticut, and has held clinics at Berklee College of Music, Stanford, Brown, Cornell, NATC, and ECTC.

Isaku brings over 30 years of experience performing in a wide range of mediums including live performances at music festivals and concerts, as well as recordings for albums, film, TV, and video games.


Taiko Drum Covers

Los Angeles Taiko Institute Instructor Interview 

Japan Foundation Tour 

Materia Collective – Termina’s Last Hope

Angel City Chorale on America’s Got Talent

Okami – Video Games Live Level 5

Taiko Playlist

Percussion Playlist

Media Appearances

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