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Alum tours the world with Japan drumming group

By: Kitty Kemp,  Cornell Alumni Magazine
Mon, 07/10/2017

This Cornell Alumni Magazine article tells the story of Leo Ikenaga ’12, a member of Kodo, an elite, 30-member Japanese musical group. The group is primarily focused on the dynamic drumming style known as taiko. Ikenega was introduced to taiko at Cornell, where he was a member and became musical director of Yamatai.

“Many people tell me they’ve never seen anything like us,” Ikenaga says in the story. “We’re a drumming group, but we explore all kinds of artistic possibilities. We try to create something that’s truly original and entertaining. I think we do something that’s very special, and it’s ineffable. You really need to come see it for yourself.”

Read the entire Cornell Alumni Magazine story here.

Ikenaga performing as an undergrad with Cornell’s Yamatai.