Art Mix Japan

Sun. April 16
Ryutopia Concert Hall
Start 19:00
Leonard Eto (Taiko)
Kanako Otani (Shamisen, Bamboo flute, Taiko)
Akira Sakaue (Taiko)
Iori Tadokoro (Dance)

Official Site

和太鼓×ダンス/レナード衛藤 大谷加奈子(三味線、笛、太鼓)坂上享(太鼓)田所いおり(ダンス)



Leonard Eto “Music life” is streaming now on Vimeo.

The theme of this program is “Creativity“. Exploring the fascination of taiko music through three topics: Improvisation, Groove and Expression. This program is available in English.
Music Life “Improvisation”
Music Life “Groove”

The third single “Straight Ahead”
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Video streaming

The second single “Pancomelen Forever”
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The first single “DON DEN”
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WTC Premium Talk
Leonard Eto talks about “TAIKO as a PERFORMING ART”

Taiko as an Expression on Stage: Its Development and Future



kaDON “Exploring Katsugi with Leonard Eto”
kaDON is a new online venture dedicated to producing high quality instructional videos for taiko and fue. Simply out, kaDON is the world’s best place to learn taiko and fue online. In this introductory course, taiko legend Leonard Eto teaches the ins and outs of Katsugi Okedo from its history to the development of the modern playing style, roping and maintenance to step-by-step lessons on how to play the Katsugi Okedo while controlling and becoming one with taiko.






Cultural Envoy Year 2013-2014
Leonard Eto has accomplished the mission as the Japan Cultural Envoy for one year from August in 2013 to July in 2014. This movie is only a part of his activities. Please enjoy it!





3.11 Message
The Japanese people have held a sense of fear against nature from ancient times, so we held festivals and prayed for abundant harvest and sound health. The core of the festivals have been the Japanese taiko and dancing. Japan is now in a serious situation, but as a musician, my role stays the same as before. I continue to communicate aggressively through music with people who possess different values, search for something we have in common and arrange it in a form of music and performance. Now, we must seriously accept messages from nature which support human activities and move on. I believe that this leads to being creative. Stay positive.


2011 Leonard Eto