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Ryuji Hamada

Taikoz Member | Performer | Teacher | Operations Manager

Member since 2015

Ryuji was born and played taiko in Yokohama, Japan, and after arriving in Australia in 2012, was appointed a full member of Taikoz in 2015. Ryuji completed Taikoz’s Individual Development Program in 2013, followed by IDP2 in 2014, and now is often featured as a taiko soloist, shinobue player and dancer on the mainstage.

As a taiko performer Ryuji has toured nationally and internationally, collaborating with many esteemed artists and musicians, most notably Anandavalli, Sandy Evans, Kaoru Watanabe, Yoko Fujimoto, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Chieko Kojima, and composer Lachlan Skipworth and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Ryuji has been involved in all of Taikoz's recent major projects, including Taikoz’s 2016 Indian tour of Chi Udaka, the 2017 production of The Beauty of 8, Taikoz's 20th Anniversary concert in 2017, and in 2018, Taikoz Meets The SSO at the Sydney Opera House.

Ryuji is passionate about yoko-uchi (side-on) taiko styles, having studied with Suguru Kikuchi on Hachijo Island and Miyake-daiko with original masters Akio Tsumura and sons. Ryuji also regularly travels to Japan for study with Iwasaki Onikenbai Hozonkai, the original masters of the dance-music form known as Onikenbai, where he also performs Onikenbai in the Kitakami Michinoku Geinou Matsuri.Ryuji is central to Taikoz’s teaching program, focussing on adult and youth classes.


 

 

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Ryuji Hamada

Taikoz Member | Performer | Teacher | Operations Manager

Member since 2015

Ryuji was born and played taiko in Yokohama, Japan, and after arriving in Australia in 2012, was appointed a full member of Taikoz in 2015. Ryuji completed Taikoz’s Individual Development Program in 2013, followed by IDP2 in 2014, and now is often featured as a taiko soloist, shinobue player and dancer on the mainstage.

As a taiko performer Ryuji has toured nationally and internationally, collaborating with many esteemed artists and musicians, most notably Anandavalli, Sandy Evans, Kaoru Watanabe, Yoko Fujimoto, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Chieko Kojima, and composer Lachlan Skipworth and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Ryuji has been involved in all of Taikoz's recent major projects, including Taikoz’s 2016 Indian tour of Chi Udaka, the 2017 production of The Beauty of 8, Taikoz's 20th Anniversary concert in 2017, and in 2018, Taikoz Meets The SSO at the Sydney Opera House.

Ryuji is passionate about yoko-uchi (side-on) taiko styles, having studied with Suguru Kikuchi on Hachijo Island and Miyake-daiko with original masters Akio Tsumura and sons. Ryuji also regularly travels to Japan for study with Iwasaki Onikenbai Hozonkai, the original masters of the dance-music form known as Onikenbai, where he also performs Onikenbai in the Kitakami Michinoku Geinou Matsuri.Ryuji is central to Taikoz’s teaching program, focussing on adult and youth classes.


 

 

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