History


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Since the group’s establishment at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center in June of 1981, Kishin Daiko has continued to entertain, educate and enlighten audiences with the dynamic, powerful and heart stopping sounds of taiko (Japanese percussive-style drumming). The group’s performances embody the translation of Kishin, which is energy, spirit, and heart

Kishin Daiko’s music consists of traditional and adaptations of traditional Japanese taiko pieces, along with original compositions by contemporary musicians and Kishin members.

Kishin devotes itself to sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture by holding workshops and classes and performing all over Southern California and beyond. Some of their performance highlights include: World Cup Soccer Celebration at Universal Studios, The Super Bowl XXXII Pre-game, the Clippers game half time, Knott’s Scary Farm Maze Reveal, Video Music Awards, and Special Olympics torch run ceremony.

Kishin strives to promote community harmony through the group’s uniquely engaging and diverse expression of taiko music. We invite you to join us in this experience.