On Ensemble

On Ensemble

 Torrance, California, USA
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On Ensemble (pronounced “Ohn”) takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms. Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica, On Ensemble’s unique sound has been praised as “completely original and brilliantly conceived.”


On Ensemble (pronounced Ohn) is at the forefront of a growing artistic movement in the taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) world. Recognized as relentless innovators, On Ensemble has made a name for itself by infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with overtone singing, odd meter grooves and soaring melodies. Their fearless musical explorations have taken the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms and have established a distinctly modern expression for the art form. The groups unique sound has been praised as completely original and brilliantly conceived. Modern Drummer magazine calls On Ensemble an exciting taiko ensemble looking at new ways to apply traditional Japanese drums. In 2013 On Ensemble was the first American taiko group to be invited to perform at the National Theater of Japan for the prestigious Nihon no Taiko concert series.

In addition to their live performances the group is known for their studio albums. They combine their study and deep appreciation of Japanese traditional music with equally formative experiences as DJs, electronic music producers, Jazz drummers, and rock bassists to produce and record some of the most compelling music in the taiko world. The have released three critically acclaimed albums and their music was featured in the award winning short film Yamasong.