Now based in NY!! AUN is a Japanese Taiko Drum Duo formed by twin brothers Ryohei and Kohei Inoue, who had been the core members of world famous Taiko drum group, Ondekoza, for 12 years. AUN aims to create innovative music, merging Japanese traditional instruments and sophisticated electronic sound.


Twin brothers Ryohei and Kohei Inoue are back as AUN. For 12 years they had been the core members of world renowned Japanese Super Taiko Drum Group ?gOndekoza.?h Their unbelievable city-to-city, 1,071-day/9,319-mile marathon, which comprised 355 performances including 4 Carnegie Hall concerts, a guest appearance at the Emmy Awards, and 4 New York City Marathon appearances, was largely publicized throughout the US.

Ryohei and Kohei graduated Ondekoza and formed AUN in 2000. AUN represents ?eA?f the beginning and ?eUN?f the end in Japanese Buddhism, which originated in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language.

In 2001, AUN?fs debut album ?"D.A.S.H. ?| Delight/ Anger/ Sadness/ Happiness?" was released.
In 2005, the 2nd album ?"E.A.S.T. ?| Electric/ Acoustic/ Spiritualized/ Transmission?" was released by BMG Japan.

AUN?'s E.A.S.T. 2005 Tour culminated in New York City at the legendary club S.O.B.?fs where they packed the house with an enthusiastic crowd of over four hundred. Unlike other Taiko drum artists, AUN has been crossing boundaries, merging Japanese traditional instruments with electronic sound. They named this music ?"Japatronic.?"

In 2006, Ryohei and Kohei moved their home base to New York City to increase international exposure. To be true musical ambassadors of cultural exchange, AUN has been conducting performances/workshops before the audiences of high school and college students both in Japan and the US (100 School Circuit). They also performed at Houston Space Center, Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival, and Alabama Daikin Festival.

AUN has been recording new material as well. In the spring of 2006, they were reunited with TM Stevens for the recording of his new album, and composed and recorded music for a commercial film of Japan?fs Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport?'s ?"Visit Japan?" Campaign.

In September, AUN is slated to perform at the M.E.A.N.Y. FEST 2006 in New York City, MidPoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, and NEMO Music Festival in Boston. Ryohei and Kohei continue to pursue opportunities to perform and spread their messages locally and internationally.

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"E.A.S.T. - Electronic/ Acoustic/ Spiritualized/Transmission"

Catalog Number: BVCF-34112 (with DVD)
Release Date: September 21, 2005
Suggested Retail Price: $25.00

AUN?'s sound steps out of the boundaries of traditional music. Mixing electronic dance music and traditional Japanese Taiko drums, the superb arrangement makes one hear the unique Taiko sound and the vibrant beauty without being conscious of its traditional elements. It makes one expectant and hopeful for how the Taiko drum should flourish and fit into the international music scene today. Partly produced by T.M. Stevens with an extraordinary guitar solo by Extreme?fs Nuno Bettencourt, E.A.S.T. was received with rave reviews for its totally eclectic sound and innovative range of style.

"D.A.S.H. - Delight, Anger, Sadness, Happiness"

Catalog Number: BVCF-31125
Release Date: September 21, 2005
Suggested Retail Price: $20.00

AUN released its debut album, "D.A.S.H. Delight / Anger / Sadness / Happiness" on June 21, 2001. Funk bassist T.M. Stevens produced one song on the album. Ryohei and Kohei, who had played in rock bands originally, made D.A.S.H. right after they graduated Ondekoza. It contains their reasons and results of their thoughts on "How to come up with a completely new way to approach music based on tradition and utilizing traditional materials." It is a memorable first effort with special guests including T.M. Stevens, Funky Sueyoshi, and Rikki.

For the re-release, DASH is now an enhanced CD with footage of the twins joining T.M. Stevens's 2001 live concert at Club Quatro in Tokyo.

Set List

4. Jo-netsu
6. 74
7. 1969-05
9. ARK
10. ZERO
12. Soul's ville
13. Sunset

in the latest album "E.A.S.T."(review on website;