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
Taiko Performer, Percussionist, Composer, Educator
Isaku Kageyama is an eclectic and versatile taiko performer, hand percussionist, and drummer, currently working with groups such as Asano Taiko UnitOne, film-scoring extravaganza The Masterpiece Experience, world music group Rhythm of the Universe, anime band Soulandscape, and the LA Japanese Music Ensemble.
His resume includes major corporate events and TV commercials for global brands such as Boeing and Toyota, performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and tours including nations such as Brazil, China, Thailand, United Arab Emirates.
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.
Multi-Cultural Educational Programs for schools
Japan-themed Music for Corporate Events and Weddings
Collaborated with Japanese Calligraphy artist Ohba Shoran
Performed for the Consul General of Japan
LA Japanese Music Ensemble
The LA Japanese Music Ensemble is a collective of Isaku Kageyama (taiko), Shih-Wei Wu (shakuhachi), Jamie Low (shamisen), and Yuki Yasuda (koto). In February 2016, the ensemble collaborated with Japanese calligraphy artist Ohba Shoran to perform for the Consul General of Japan. The Ensemble brings traditional Japanese music to the diverse soundscape of Los Angeles.