ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Takumi Kato – Takumi Kato began as a professional drummer in the United States in 2001 and from 2004 to 2006 received further professional training from Kodo, one of Japan’s leading Taiko groups. In 2006 he relocated to Los Angeles and has given many concerts in that area. At the end of 2006 he attracted an audience in excess of 8,000 people at a performance in the Taiko Festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Pandel Collaros – Professional Musician from 1976 to present: Guitarist, vocalist, electric bassist, keyboardist and harmonist; Assistant Professor of Fine Arts—Music at Bethany College, West Virginia 1999—present. Professor Pandel Collaros will introduce the audience to the world of “East meets West.” Pandel Collaros homepage: http://home.comcast.net/~collaros623/index.htm
Ryo Shiobara – was the grand prix winner at the 6th Tokyo International Taiko Contest on August 25-26, 2007. Ryo Shiobara made his pro-taiko drummer debut in 1999 after spending 13 years in a regional performing arts group. He has won many awards in national and international taiko drumming competitions and has traveled the world, performing in countries such as the United States, Hungary and Taiwan. Ryo Shiobara homepage: (Japanese) http://www.dondoko.com/prof.html. 6th Tokyo International Taiko Contest website: http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/event/taiko/english/index.html (English). Winner announcement: Ryo Shiobara. http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/event/taiko/