Mr. Kageyama is aTaiko drummer in Boston. His style, strongly rooted in classical Japanese music, blends a wide variety of music genres such as rock, jazz, electronic, Latin, and African, to produce a unique groove that goes beyond traditional taiko.
He is a two-time National Odaiko (large drum) Champion, becoming the youngest person to win highest honors at the Mt. Fuji Odaiko Contest in 2000, and Hokkaido in 2003. Before coming to Berklee, he worked as the principal member of the taiko ensemble Amanojaku for 5 years. In Berklee, he has the distinction of being the first taiko musician in its history. Isaku has collaborated with Eric "Kamau" Gravatt, Terumasa Hino, Toshinori Kondo, and Kazutoki Umezu, as well as a wide range of ethnic musicians such as NATA (digeridoo), and Winchester Nii Tete (African percussion). He also worked on projects with fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, and anime legend Takashi Yanase.