Koshin Taiko is a Los Angeles based Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble that is known for its engaging, intense and powerful performances. The group strives to exhibit this form of taiko known as kumi-daiko ("ensemble taiko") to audiences in the U.S. in hopes that they will leave with a lasting impression of this Japanese cultural art.
Started in 1992 under the guidance of Master Etsuo Hongo, members of the group were taught the philosophy and style of Sukeroku taiko. He emphasized using kata ("form and technique") not only as a means of visual expression but also as a way to achieve the best possible sound when striking the drum. One of the unique qualities of Koshin is its exclusive use of okedou drums ("rope-tightened"). You won't find another group like that in the U.S.
Today, Koshin is under the artistic direction of Wesley Hayashi and founding member Virginia Minami. They continue to instill the values and experiences handed down to them from Hongo Sensei on to existing members; the goal being to ultimately achieve a single unified sound when played together with a feeling of "Bright Heart and Spirit."