Takuya Taniguchi was born in 1983 in Fukui, Japan. Since 2011 he lives in Munich, Germany.
Pursuing the path of his master EITETSU HAYASHI, the most famous Japanese solo drummer (a co-founder of the KODO and ONDEKOZA, who was the only one to hold a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Takuya Taniguchi with his artistry builds a bridge between the Taiko traditions of the Japanese drums and that of the different cultures of the world.
"Takuya Taniguchi has been playing the Taiko from the age of three. At the age of 16, he founded a Taiko group "TENRYU-DAIKO". In July 2002 he won a special prize of the "Viennese World Youth Music Festival" in Vienna. In 2003 he was accepted into his master Eitetsu Hayashi's ensemble "FUUN-NO-KAI". After that he was involved in the "International Taiko Festival Ecstasia", the "Count Down Concert" in the Osaka Festival Hall, the "Tokyo Summer Music Festival 2004" and the "Shimanami Music Festival". In 2005 his collaboration with Jazz pianist Walter Lang has begun at the Kaze no Mori Hall in Fukui/Japan. In 2006 he gave a guest performance at the National Theater in Tokyo with "KU-KAI-SEN-KYO".
Since 2009 the exchange with musicians with different cultural backgrounds has increased with growing number of invitations from the West. He has been holding concerts and seminars in Europe to impart his knowledge and experience in his Taiko artistry. In 2010 he released the CD "Friendship" with Walter Lang, and held many concerts with him in Germany and Japan, amongst others in the Civic Hall in Tokyo. Under a director Masaru Sekine's supervision, he appeared in "Macbeth" together with No- and Kyogen actors and Jean-Baptiste Monnot (Church organ) at the "National Art Festival" in Tokyo. He has also been teaching the Taiko performance to the Buddhist monk.
In 2011 Takuya Taniguchi has become a regular member of the German drum group "Drumaturgia" and has successfully completed many concerts all over Germany. He has been on tour with the "World Percussion Ensemble" and Walter Lang in many cities in Europe and in Japan. The production "Ophelias Schattentheater" by the German composer Wilfried Hiller brought him with the Henschel Quartett and the Munich radio orchestra together. In winter 2011/2012, he appeared many times on stage with his master Eitetsu Hayashi in Tokyo.
His main works for 2012 include all kinds of festivals, developing novel drum concept with Drumaturgia and the world tour with the "World Percussion Ensemble." At the same time, he will dedicate himself more in mediating the classical Taiko performance in Europe by holding master courses and workshops.
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