Ryutaro Kaneko

Japanese Drum Player and Percussionist

Ryutaro Kaneko knows the booming, heart-pounding rhythms a taiko drum can produce: he toured the world as a central performer of famed drum troupe Kodo from 1987 to 2007, and also composed, arranged, produced and directed the troupe’s repertoire. Yet he wanted to explore more delicate resonances and other rhythms and genres such as rock, jazz, world music and traditional Japanese sounds.

Ryutaro has also brought fresh percussive elements to the traditional Japanese drum ensemble, including the cappa, a set of small cymbals he designed. He spreads the beat at popular workshops for musicians, dancers, music teachers and the general public all over the globe.

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Taiko drummer