Artists

CHIKIRI
The Japanese Taiko Drummers

 

~ The Seattle Symphony’s guest conductor’s biggest challenge was to present music that would not be eclipsed by the sensational drumming of CHIKIRI and The School of TAIKO ~

By Jason Victor Serinus , The Seattle Times on March 2nd, 2015

 

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CHIKIRI is a butterfly joint used in woodworking. it holds two pieces of wood together.

Our artist, Chikiri, is like this wood piece connecting people, artists and cultures from all over the world through music with a focus on Japanese Taiko Drumming.

One of its founders, Ringtaro Tateishi was a member of ONDEKOZA for 10 years. He has a deep understanding of the intention, belief and spirits of Mr. Den Tagayasu, the founder of ONDEKOZA and has performed around the world. He performed at EPCOT / Walt Disney World for 7 years before moving to the Northwest part of the US and established the School of Taiko.

CHIKIRI is formed by Ringtaro and his partner Asako, Taiko & Tsugaru Shamisen player. Asako also performed at EPCOT / Walt Disney World and co-founded the School of TAIKO with Ringtaro. Furthermore, their son Sohshun is one of founder members and has participated in Taiko Drumming compatible with activities of other percussion.

They are accepting new members. By the challenge, your life will be deeper and bring more exciting things to you.

For booking and more information, please feel free to contact us.

Also, you can get their information at the Facebook page.

Performers: Ringtaro Tateishi

Ringtaro Tateishi played  Katsugi Okedo for Half  Time show of HUSKY's.

Ringtaro Tateishi plays Katsugi Okedo for Half Time show of HUSKY’s.

Ringtaro Tateishi is a world-class professional Taiko Drummer, composer. arranger and artistic director of The School of TAIKO. The School of Taiko provides Japanese music programs in Bellevue and Seattle to bring more understanding and appreciation for Japanese music and culture, and create a new type of art.

Ringtaro was a member and artistic director of ONDEKOZA for 10 years. He completed over 1,000 performances in over 26 countries including accomplishing “U.S.A. Running Tour,” which he run 20 -30 miles a day , and completed 356 performances at various places around the country, including four concerts at CARNEGIE HALL in a period of 3 years.

He performed at EPCOT / Walt Disney World for 7 years before moving to the Northwest in 2009. He then founded The School of TAIKO with his partner, Asako Tateishi.

He is also a renowned workshop leader in North America. As a composer, he has created numbers of music pieces for the School of TAIKO and other Taiko groups in USA.

Performers: Asako Tateishi

Asako Tateishi plays Japanese Flute at the Bellevue World TAIKO Festival 2016.

Asako Tateishi plays Taiko, Japanese Flute and Tsugaru Shamisen.

Asako Tateishi is a professional Taiko drummer and Tsugaru Shamisen player. She is also executive director of the School of TAIKO providing Japanese music programs in Bellevue and Seattle to bring more understanding and appreciation for Japanese music and create a new type of art.

Asako performed at Walt Disney World / EPCOT in Florida as well as concerts at many well-known festivals around the USA as a member of MATSURIZA: International Taiko Festival (San Francisco), Stone Mountain Festival (Atlanta), Hatsume Festival (Miami) and more.

As a Tsugaru Shamisen player, she performed at Hollywood Rose Theater and appeared on Pasadena TV with her master. Mr. Toshihiko Minamihashi.

Performers: Sohshun Tateishi

Sohshun Tateishi plays Taiko Set which formed by Uchiwa- daiko and Okedo Taiko.

Sohshun Tateishi plays Taiko Set formed by Uchiwa- daiko and Okedo Taiko.

Sohshun Tateishi is the 10th grader to play Taiko and Drum set. He moved to the United States with his parents when he was one year old and spent his early childhood in Orlando, Florida, a world-renowned entertainment city. He started practicing Taiko and drum after he moved to Seattle with his family when he was 8 years old. As soon as he entered junior high school, he joined the school jazz band and has been performing Taiko and jazz drum mainly in the local community.

He has started the Marching Drumming from High school and has selected as Snare Drummer of Eruption Indoor Percussion of WGI, Winter Guard International. Also, he had been selected as the Snare Drummer for “Snowflake Lane” which is one of popular holiday season entertainment in the Puget Sound area at the Downtown Bellevue.

Riverside Jazz Festival 2014 : Outstanding Soloist Award
Bellevue Big Band Jazz Festival 2015 : Outstanding Soloist Award

Clients

Japan American Society State of Washington
Japan Business Association of Seattle
Japan Cultural and Community Center of Washington
Washington Association of Teacher of Japanese
Seattle Symphony
5th Avenue Theatre
Seattle Storm
Town Hall
American Society for Public Administration
States’ 4-H International Exchange
University of Washington
Bellevue College
Seattle University
Clover park Technical College
Edmonds Community College
Evergreen Community College
North Seattle College
Seattle Central Community College
Bainbridge Japanese Garden
Seattle Japanese Garden
Tacoma Arts Museum
Kitsap Regional Library
Boeing
Google
Microsoft
Uwajimaya
Beacon Hill Catering and Events
PRI Public Radio
Aki Matsuri / Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association
Japan Fair in Bellevue
Northwest Folklife Festival
Sakura-Con
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
North American Taiko Conference
Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational
GOBO Enterprises
Kotoku Enterprises
Young’s Market Company
Puyallup Fair
Renton River Day
Tacoma International Festival
Camp Fire
Bellevue Children’s Academy
Westminster Chapel
Women’s University Club
Santa Fe Japanese Fair
Tohoku Revive
Nagata Shachu Toronto, Canada
Bellevue World TAIKO Festival and more organizations, schools, companies

General Booking

CHIKIRI has various styles of Taiko Pieces for performance.

CHIKIRI has various styles of Taiko Pieces for performance.

CHIKIRI would be an ideal group for your next event!
– corporate event
– festival
– concerts
– collaboration
– soundtracks
– stage music
– commercials
– wedding entertainment
… and any occasions you need Japanese and Asian atmosphere and exciting music.

For booking and more information, please feel free to contact us.

Sponsors

CHIKIRI is sponsored by
Asano Taiko Co, Ltd.

We appreciate any types of sponsorship!
Please consider supporting performances by CHIKIRI to bring happiness to your communities and expanding Japanese Taiko world!

Donation

Donation is accepted through PayPal, Shunpike or by check. Please see here for details.