From: NY, United States
Genre: World, Jazz, Japanese
Taikoza is a Japanese Taiko drum percussion group that uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement.
Marco Lienhard, a Swiss native who was a principal member of Ondekoza for 17 years, formed Taikoza in New York City. (Ondekoza started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world). His love for the Taiko art form transcends national boundaries, bringing new energy to this ancestral form. The Taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. 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, the fue (both bamboo flutes).
Taikoza has performed in Europe, Asia and have extensively toured North America.
Members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and Hammerstein Ballroom.
Taikoza’s new CD has been nominated as best Asian Ethnic Album for the Just Plain Folks 2004 Music Award. Taikoza has appeared on different TV programs such as Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and recently on the History Channel in “History vs. Hollywood” and ESPN on cable TV: S.U.M.O : The battle of the Giants.
Taikoza also won best score for the new Nintendo Wii Game “Red Steel”
2003: Concerts at Symphony Space, USA, Japan and Mexico tours.
2004: USA and Switzerland tours, Moscow sold out concert at The Bolshoi winter Circus, Concerts at Symphony Space.
2005: Sumo Event at Madison Square Garden, Russia, Belarus, Concerts at Symphony Space.
2006: Tour in Russia and US, Concerts at Symphony Space.
2007: Tour in Switzerland, Japan and US, Concerts at Symphony Space.
2008: US Tours, Russia, Concerts at Symphony Space.
2009: European tour, Concerts at Symphony Space, US tours
2010: US tours, Concerts at Symphony Space.
2011: Russia tour, Concerts at Symphony Space, US tours
2013: USA, Brazil Russia