“ In its choreography and its vigor taiko becomes almost a martial art, one in which violence has been sublimated into disciplined exultation a blend of high-decibel virtuosity and sinful shakuhachi solos. Precision and energy are paramount here and the product, for me, was medicinal. It is a combination narcotic, stimulant and vitamin pill.” ”

— Bernard Holland, NY Times


Taikoza Live playing Hachijo

About Taikoza.

Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear the 150 lb. Taiko drum; give thunderous voice to traditional and new compositions.

Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what   brings. Big  Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages.

Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the Shakuhachi and the Fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances.

The group has toured internationally since 1999 and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, etc. Taikoza’s music is featured on Nintendo’s Wii game: Red Steel 1 and 2. The group has performed for the SUMO tournament at Madison Square Garden and tour.

Taikoza presents a very popular program for schools in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Virginia area for Young Audiences and Symphony Space.

Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world).

The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls and locations such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall ( 2000 seats) and House of Music( 2500 seats), Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center, Mount Fuji, Miyajima Temple in Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Hall in Hiroshima ( 500) and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Belarus, Republic of Georgia, and many more.

Performances include corporate events for Merrill Lynch, Gillette, Ameritech, City of Los Angeles, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Dell Computers, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, Pfizer, Merck, Diesel, Sony, City of Tokyo, and City of New York etc.


Please contact Marco Lienhard at 646-418-8808 or email: shaku8@mac.com


For Taikoza VIDEOS:



Please contact Marco Lienhard at 646-418-8808 or email: shaku8@mac.com


Recent performances among many:


Voice of the Earth concert:

5 continent festival in Switzerland June 2018 - 1000 seats

Hamden, CT  Library -600

Dubois Penn State-400

Erie Penn State -350

College of Staten Island -250

Stockton Universtiy -350

Symphony Space – Asian program May 22,23 2019 -1400 students

Chautauqua Institution August 6th, 2019

Switzerland Tour, 11/19


Press Photos

Sample Track

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    Hachijo 10:13
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    Tabi 5:50
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Sample Video

Taikoza in concert- Voice of The Earth Tour 2020