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Ian has been Artistic Director of Taikoz since its inception in 1997. In 2005 he became full-time with the group after having spent 20 years as Principal Percussionist with the Sydney Symphony and 16 years with the percussion group Synergy.

At age 19, Ian began wadaiko study in Japan with Sen Amano of Yamanashi-ken and performed throughout the islands of Honshu and Shikoku with Amano’s ensemble, Arahan. Since then he has undertaken study and performance with taiko great, Eitetsu Hayashi, including an invitation to perform at the 2004 Tokyo Summer Festival as a guest of Eitetsu Fuun-no-Kai.

With the Sydney Symphony Ian played under such conducting greats as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons and Edo de Waart, and has performed in some of the world’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s Royal Albert Hall. As a soloist with the Sydney Symphony, Ian premiered and recorded Ross Edwards’ Yarrageh: Nocturne for Percussion and Orchestra and with his Synergy colleagues, Toru Takemitsu’s From Me Flows What You Call Time.

During his years with Synergy, Ian was involved with the presentation of the latest works for percussion, including numerous premieres of Australian and international composers. With Synergy he toured Australia, the UK, France, Hungary, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan, Poland, Germany and Singapore and worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Fritz Hauser, Trilok Gurtu, Mike Nock, Hossam Ramzy, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Kazue Sawai, Palle Mikkelborg and Dave Samuels. Ian was Co-Artistic Director of Synergy Percussion from 2000 until 2003.

In 2007 Ian received the APRA-AMC Classical Music Award for Long-term Contribution For The Advancement Of Australian Music.


Riley began playing the shakuhachi flute in Japan in 1971 under the guidance of Ichizan Hoshida II, Chikuho Sakai II and Katsuya Yokoyama.

In the early 1970s he became the first ever non-Japanese professional taiko player, as an original member of Sado no Kuni Ondekoza. In 1980 he also became the first non-Japanese to attain Grand Master (dai shihan) rank in shakuhachi.

Riley has a PhD in ethnomusicology from Sydney University and a BA and MA in music from the University of Hawai'i. He has made over fifty shakuhachi recordings, which are distributed worldwide. Riley's most recent releases are on the Sounds True label (USA). He has composed numerous pieces for shakuhachi and other instruments.   

Riley taught at the University of Hawai'i for six years, and in 2007 started a shakuhachi program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He was a Research Fellow at Osaka University in 1988-89, and was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 2006 and again in 2009, when he lectured in the Comparative Literature Department.

In 1997 Riley co-founded Taikoz with Ian Cleworth and is its Artistic Administrator. He was Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the 2008 World Shakuhachi Festival (Sydney). He performed in the by-invitation-only "Masters Concert" at the 2012 World Shakuhachi Festival (Kyoto).

Riley tours the world as a performer and teacher of the shakuhachi. This year, he is performing, teaching and recording in Australia, and in Kyoto, New York, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Hawai'i, and at Princeton, Stanford and Sydney Universities.

Riley lives with Patricia in Manly NSW, Australia, and teaches privately in Sydney, Canberra and throughout the world via the Internet.




Graham joined Taikoz in 1998 and is also a freelance modern jazz drummer and percussionist. 

After completing percussion studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music he founded the percussion ensemble B'tutta. He works regularly in schools in Australia and Asia, performing, demonstrating and composing for percussion instruments. Graham composes for both B'tutta and Taikoz; pieces include the popular Chi and Daichi that features his original katsugi okedo/chappa style.

Graham travelled to Japan in 2001 and studied under the guidance of Eitetsu Hayashi and performed with Taikoz in Kanazawa, Kobe and Manno. For much of 2005, Graham lived, studied and played in Japan where he had the opportunity to study under Wakayama-ryu leader and master of the O-Edobayashi style, Kyosuke Suzuki. An interest in the traditional Hachijo style of taiko playing took him to Hachijo Island for further study with Takashi Kikuchi.

Over the past few years, Graham has composed, designed and directed both live performance and film versions of his original work, "Shifting Sand". "Shifting Sand" toured Australia in 2012.


Masae was born in Kagawa, Shikoku, Japan. At age 5 she joined Marugame Daiko where she studied and performed many styles including O-Edo Sukeroku Daiko.

In 1997 she joined Manno Daiko, a taiko group based in Manno town, Kagawa. With Manno Daiko Masae performed their original music as well as the music of Kan Toko, one of the pioneers of modern taiko. Between 1997 and 1999 Masae performed regularly with Manno Daiko throughout the Kagawa and Kansai areas, as well as a tour to the USA.  Deciding to travel, study and perform wadaiko, Masae arrived in Sydney in 1999 and joined Taikoz in 2000. She is now actively involved in teaching and performing.

Since 2000, Masae has regularly returned to Japan to study with many master wadaiko players, including Eitetsu Hayashi, Kyosuke Suzuki (O-Edobayashi), Takashi Kikuchi (Hachijo Daiko) and Akio Tsumura (Miyake Daiko).


Kerryn joined Taikoz in 2001 and is regularly seen on stage as a taiko player, dancer, singer and shinobue player.

Kerryn's highlights include collaborations with such esteemed artists as Kodo, Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard in "Kaidan: A Ghost Story", John Bell and the Bell Shakespeare Company's production of "Pericles", and performing at Japan's National Theatre as part of Eitetsu Hayashi's 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Kerryn has studied Japanese traditional folk dances with Kodo member Chieko Kojima and folk songs, lullabies and Ainu songs with Yoko Fujimoto, also of Kodo.

Kerryn graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland, a Postgraduate Diploma from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and continues to extend her studies in Japan. She is currently Taikoz's Education Co-ordinator, establishing events and opportunities for school students to work with Taikoz, and is a sought after performer, taiko and percussion teacher.



Kevin’s musical background includes an A.Mus.A diploma in piano, playing bass guitar in a rock band and classical percussion studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree. Kevin joined The Queensland Orchestra in 1999, followed by membership of Taikoz in 2002. In order to pursue his interest in wadaiko Kevin left the orchestra in 2003 to focus on study of taiko, shinobue and shakuhachi.

Kevin has undergone intensive training with Miyake Daiko teacher Akio Tsumura, O-Edobayashi wadaiko and shinobue with Kyosuke Suzuki, Onikenbai dance and shinobue with Yoshikazu Fujimoto (Kodo) and Iwasaki Onikenbai.

Kevin has held numerous performing and teaching positions including Acting Chair of Percussion Unit, Sydney Conservatorium in 2005, and Acting Head of Percussion, Queensland Conservatorium in 2003. Kevin is also active as a freelance classical musician, performing with groups including the Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra, and is also involved in the contemporary percussion duo, Karak Percussion - a group he founded in 2001 with fellow Taikoz member Kerryn Joyce.

In addition to performing and teaching, Kevin is currently undertaking a Master of Music Degree in Shakuhachi under the direction of Riley Lee at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


Anton attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School and was the first student to perform on taiko for the HSC. He received top honours for his recital and was subsequently selected to open the proceedings at the Premier’s Awards and to present an item at the Opera House Encore performance – a concert given by the outstanding HSC musicians of 2003.

Anton became a full-time member of Taikoz in 2006. Personal highlights include performances with Taikoz and Eitetsu Hayashi Fuun no Kai at Japan's National Theatre as part of Eitetsu Hayashi's 25th Anniversary celebrations, intensive workshops with Miyake Daiko teacher Akio Tsumura, and the 2009 Kodo and Taikoz "In Concert" Australian tour.  

In 2007 and 2008 Anton traveled to Sado Island and was taught Onikenbai, a traditional performing art of Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture by Yoshikazu Fujimoto of Kodo. Anton is passionate about Onikenbai and is continung his study with Yoshikazu Fujimoto and the original Iwasaki Onikenbai masters.


Tom became a member of Taikoz in 2007 after having completed two years of advanced study training. Since joining Taikoz, Tom has travelled to Japan to further his studies in wadaiko, including workshops with the head of Miyake Daiko, Akio Tsumura and Onikenbai with the original Iwasaki Onikenbai masters in Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

Tom completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts School of Music majoring in Percussion. He studied with prominent Melbourne percussionists Sergi Golovko, Barry Quinn, Guy du Blet and Peter Neville, and drum set with Australian jazz great Graeme Morgan. Tom has also been involved in many live and studio recordings including Mutant Theatre and acclaimed Melbourne composer Anthony Paterus.

Tom recently conceived and composed the music of Taikoz's latest CD release, "TaikoDeck", with brother Max, aka DJ M-Royce.




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