TAIKOPROJECT commands the stage throughout the night at the Street Fair and Fire Ceremony of the Jackson Hole Fire Festival. High energy, charismatic performers will signal the start of the Fire Festival from the top of Snow King mountain (you’ll be able to hear the signals throughout the valley) on Wednesday, June 20, and then their powerful rhythms will fill the streets as festival-goers enjoy Japanese food and drink, children’s activities and more – an experience not to be missed!
Founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers, TAIKOPROJECT were seeking to create a truly American style of taiko, blending traditional forms in which they were raised, with an innovative and fresh aesthetic approach to the Japanese drum. In just 11 short years, they have garnered critical acclaim from all over the world and amassed an impressive resume.
TAIKOPROJECT first made waves when they became the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005, beating out all the Japanese taiko groups in attendance. That same year, they were cast in the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, the first and only national ad campaign to prominently feature taiko. They followed that up with performances in some of America’s highest profile events, including the 2009 Academy Awards and the 2011 Grammy Awards.
TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with some of the world’s most well-known musical artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher, rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, A.R. Rahman, John Legend, rapper Xzibit, Kanye West, producer Squeak E. Clean, Greek singer Antonis Remos, and DJ Tiesto. Today, they teach and perform all over the world, and have established Southern California’s only dedicated taiko studio in Long Beach, not only continuing to push the boundaries of the artform of taiko, but nurturing future generations of taiko drummers as well.
Bryan “Don’t Be Mad” Yamami
Bryan was first introduced to taiko with San Jose Junior Taiko from 1985 – 1989 and later continued with Kinnara Taiko from 1996 – 2005. After touring and performing with the hereandnow theatre company, Mark Taper Forum P.L.A.Y., East West Players, and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, he spearheaded the creative development of the ground-breaking theatrical production, TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation. In 2002, he was recognized as one of “Top 30 Most Influential Asian Pacific Americans Under 30.” Bryan served as creative taiko lead for the acclaimed 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, and recording sessions for Kanye West, Nike, and Target. He directed TP’s performances in the 2009 Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, the 2011 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, and the 2011 Do Something Awards at the Hollywood Palladium. He has performed with Stevie Wonder, John Legend, A.R. Rahman, DJ Tiesto, Xzibit, 30 Seconds to Mars, Usher, and Justin Bieber.