Kagemusha Taiko Group.

40-second demo.


Kagemusha Taiko Group.

Final part of “Island Hopping”, performed at the 2nd European Taiko Concert Night, Dusseldorf, March 2017.


The Gift

“Omiyage” is the Japanese word for “gift”. It is also the name of a composition by Shoji Kameda which he gave to the taiko community and which inspired the style of this piece. “The Gift” is a thank you not just to Shoji but for the gift of taiko as a whole.

This recording of The Gift was made at 12th UK Taiko Festival and, appropriately enough, includes a guest appearance by Shoji.



Pulse & Roll

This piece is composed by Oliver Kirby, and is seen performed by Kagemusha Taiko Group at the 12th UK Taiko Festival, in July 2017.
Does the movement affect the sound, or the sound affect the movement? Is one in control of the other? Do they come from the same place? Pulse & Roll doesn’t have the answer to any of these questions, but it has fun exploring them.


A Rock and a Hard Place

Kagemusha Taiko Group perform “A Rock and a Hard Place” at the 8th UK Taiko Festival, 2012.
Adrian Freedman played the shakuhachi.
Here is a link to Adrian’s website.




This song is an elegy. The extract show here features Pippa Kirby (taiko), Michael Brailey (violin), and Shogo Yoshii (kokyu).


A Drop in the Ocean

Not all taiko needs to be hard, fast, and loud.




Kagemusha Taiko Group perform “Tearaway” at 6th UK Taiko Festival, July 2010.


Kindred Spirit

Kagemusha Junior Taiko perform at the Music For Youth Schools Prom in London’s Royal Albert Hall, November 2008.


Island Hopping

The roots of Island Hopping can be traced back through Oedo Bayashi, by San Jose Taiko, to the original Yodan Uchi, by Tokyo-based Oedo Sukeroku Taiko. But this is not Yodan Uchi, just as neither Portland Taiko’s Taikokenisis nor Taikoproject’s Many Sides are Yodan Uchi. This is Kagemusha Taiko’s homage to the style, without any claim to be imitating it or representing it in any way. In Europe, the best example of Sukeroku style is presented by Paris-based Oedo Sukeroku-ryu Wadaiko MAKOTO. For a quick view of it, follow this link.


Stepping Stones with Brass – Royal Albert Hall, 2010

Kagemusha Junior Taiko perform Stepping Stones (composed by Oliver Kirby) at the Music for Youth Schools Prom in London’s Royal Albert Hall, November 2010. They were joined by the brass band from Smithills School in Bolton, north-west England. The performance was an experiment to see how well taiko and brass would work together and to encourage future collaborations. 2 members of Kagemusha Taiko had visited Smithills school to test the concept, but rehearsal with all the members of both groups was only possible on the day of the performance itself.