Japan, 1955
Composer • Performer (tsuzumi, taiko, Rin Gong, voice)

Mochizuki Takinojo is a Japanese traditional musician who plays diverse types of percussion, in particular Ko-Tsuzumi and Taiko. He is principally involved with Kabuki and Japanese traditional music, occasionally veerings towards jazz and rock music. Takinojo also seeks out possibilities for incorporating his instruments into popular music. Highly active in the sphere of international cultural exchange and the education milieu, he has many pupils and regularly gives instrumental workshops. In 2001, he performed in Canada with the Nishikawa Ensemble.

Translation: Peggy Niloff [v-13]