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Hiro Hayashida
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Born in Nagasaki and was an active member of internationally-renowned taiko group, KODO, for seven years from 1985 and performed on more than 800 stages all over the world. Became a solo player in 1991 and was a member of Takio Ito (most famous Minyo singer in Japan) and TAKIO BAND for two years.

Hayashida is an excellent player as well as a composer and producer. He is an artist who has the musical ability to create compositions that are very difficult to find in the taiko world. He, especially has the rare ability to produce musical taiko ensembles that is one-of-kind in this genre of music.

Hayashida was invited to play at various international events such as the WTO Show in Singapore, Japan Week ’97 in the Netherlands, Expo 2000 in Hanover, the closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in France, 50th Anniversary Concert of Doudou N’Diaye Rose UNESCO’s World Heritage and a leading African percussionist in Senegal. He has also done a lot of work in Japan including composing, arranging and directing taiko scenes in works by renowned theatrical writer, Soh Kuramoto, The Convoy Show and Takeshi Kitano’s movie, Zatoichi. In 2004, he was invited toplay with his group, ZI-PANG, at the Award Ceremony of the Japanese Academy Award. In 2008 he produced the opening and closing ceremonies of the Short Short Film Festival and was highly praised by Amon Miyamoto. And the Taiko Entertainment "Hiroyuki Hayashida and ZI-PANG" was produced synthetically. With his unique ability and technique, he has received recognition in Japan as well.

Especially, he is a leading player of the Katsugi Okedaiko, a unique shouldering taiko. Also he is a pioneer player of the instrument and his unique technique is something that no one can easily follow. He composes music and holds workshops all over Japan as well. He released a manual video and also started producing new type of taiko with a renowned taiko maker. In 2003, he develops Electronic Katsugi Okedaiko with a international electronic musical instrument manufacturer. And "Katsugi Okedaiko 21 Century Model was developed jointly by him and a biggest taiko manufacturer, and the revolutionary functionality was admitted, and it won Japan Good Design award in 2004. In 2011, worldwide percussion instrument manufacturer [REMO] sold his signature model "Katsugi Okedaiko". With his ideas and foresight, he never stops being a pioneer in the taiko world. As a solo taiko player as well as a composer and producer, Hayashida is a one and only taiko player and keeps having a big influence on the world of taiko.

Main International Events

1997 The WTO Show (Singapore)
    Japan Week (the Netherlands)
1998 FIFA World Cup (Closing Ceremony) (France)
1999 France/Africa Tour of Tokyo Dagekidan (France, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia)
2000 Hanover Expo (Germany), Percussion Festivals (UK), Sfinks Festival (UK)
    Chinester Fringe 2000 (UK)
2004 Hawaii International Taiko Convention (Hawaii)
2005 ZI-PANG Central and South America Tour
    (Guatemala, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela)
    Aichi Expo (National Day/Japan Week) (Japan)
    Angels in Chernobyl (Japan)
2006 Count-down Live in Guan (Guam)
    ZI-PANG Central and South America Tour (Columbia)
2007 35th Anniversary of the Japan-China Friendship/Japan-China Cultural
    Exchange Week (Taiko and Shamisen Live in Shanghai) (China)
2008 Doudou N’Diaye Rose’s 50th Anniversary Concert (Senegal)
    Short Short Film Festival (Japan)
2009 The established 400th anniversary event of ASANO TAIKO (Japan)
2010 The 10th Anniversary of Tokyo Girls Collection (Japan)
2010 World Percussion Festival(USA)
2010 REMO Inc., Shooting of New Product (USA)
2011 Super Taiko Concert (USA)
2011 Asia America Symphony Association 50th Anniversary Concert (USA)
2012 Performance at the Drum Channel (USA)
2012 Performance on the Music video "Princess Of China"
    of Cold Play with Rihanna (USA)

Main co-group as to the main co-musician

Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Terry Bozzio, David Benoit, Poncho Sanchez, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Kim Duk-Soo, Samul-Nori, Akira Jimbo, Terumasa Hino, Yosuke Yamashita, STOMP, THE STRiPES, YAS-KAZ, Takio Ito, Kim Ito, Toshinori Kondo, Koji Tamaki, Shuichi"Ponta"Murakami, Shinichi Kinoshita, Joe Yamanaka, Ryoko Moriyama, EPO, Carlos Kanno, Mataro, Takamasa Segi, Kazue Mizushima, etc...

Group Activities

1984-1991 KODO
1994-1995 Takio Ito and TAKIO BAND
1996-2002 Tokyo Dagekidan (music composer and arranger)
2000-Present HIRO HAYASHIDA and ZI-PANG (general producer)
2003-Present Super Taiko Trip (general producer: Shuichi Hidano)
2005-Present BU-SON (general producer)
2006-Present Hayashida and Miki ProJect (co-producer with Hiroki Miki)
2012-Present Super Taiko Junior (general producer)

Other Activities

2002 Released a DVD and Video of ZI-PANG Live 2002
2003 Released a manual DVD and Video of “the Bible” of Katsugi Oke Daiko
2004 Co-created 21st Century Model of Oke Daiko with Asano Taiko
    (Received Good Design Award in 2004)
2006 Developed Okemaru-kun, oke daiko for children. Sold by Suwa Kogei.
2007 Released ZI-PANG Special Live 2007 (DVD)
2011 Co-created Remo Katsugi Okedaiko with Remo Inc.