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Eitetsu Hayashi

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EITETSU HAYASHI (林英哲), a Hiroshima native, started his Taiko carrier as a founding member and the premier performer of the world-renowned groups “SADO-ONDEKOZA” and “KODO”. After leading these companies for eleven years, EITETSU became independent in 1982.

As the first Taiko soloist of his kind, EITETSU created a new method of soloing “O-Daiko” performance requiring techniques and physical stamina previously unknown in traditional Japanese “Taiko” playing. Using a unique combination of Taiko drums, he created and performed original music, and as a pioneer of a countless succession of entirely new experimental musical endeavors, he created and performed his works in numerous concerts at home in Japan and abroad.

In 1984 EITETSU made his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, no less than debuting a new musical genre in the West. Since that time, he has continuously performed throughout Japan and the world, including North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

EITETSU has performed and collaborated with artists in Jazz, Rock, World Music, Classical, Dance and Butoh, ranging from Djembe Percussionist, Mamady Keita to avan-garde pianist, Yosuke YAMASHITA.

In recent years, EITETSU has increasingly played as a soloist with the world’s top orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji OZAWA (1969, 1999) and the Berkin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kent NAGANO (2000).

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  • SonOfTheWookie

    I saw this guy live in Canberra a few months ago... needless to say, it was brilliant. And extremely loud...

    8 Jul 2006 Reply