Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a musician, educator, and composer based in Portland, Oregon specializing in drumset, taiko, percussion, and shinobue. He received his Bachelor of Music Education at Central Michigan University where he performed and recorded with the internationally-renowned Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble. Eien received his Master of Music in percussion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and performed extensively with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble. He currently tours as a member of contemporary taiko quartet On Ensemble.
Eien has collaborated with Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos (shakuhachi), Colleen Lanki (dance, voice), Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, Hiroshi Yamaguchi (tsugaru shamisen), Bruce Huebner (shakuhachi), Naomi Sato (sho), Michael O'Neill's bagpipe ensemble Mearingstone, John Kaizan Neptune (shakuhachi), and Vancouverʼs Silk Road Music. He has performed at the North American Taiko Conference, Vancouverís Powell Street Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Hawaii International Taiko Festival, Honolulu International Jazz Festival, and the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival. An active and in-demand instructor, Eien has presented workshops at the North American Taiko Conference, World Taiko Gathering, Taiko Baka Gathering, Fue of the Bay, Pacific Northwest Regional Taiko Gathering, and Asano Taiko US.