Joe Small is a Los Angeles-based taiko drum artist whose creative approach incorporates postmodern choreography and performance art. Career highlights include a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan to research taiko drumming and festival culture (2005-2006), a two-year apprenticeship with the renowned taiko group, KODO (2007-2009), performing as a pick-up member of Marco Lienhardís Taikoza (2009-), and ongoing activities since 2012 as the sole non-Japanese member of Fu-un no Kai, the professional ensemble of pioneering solo taiko artist Eitetsu Hayashi.
Joe has performed and taught in numerous locations throughout the United States and Japan, as well as in Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, and Switzerland. In 2015, Joe debuted his first original evening-length concert, Spall Fragments, and was a guest artist for the Sydney-based professional taiko group, TaikOz. He is a 2005 graduate of Swarthmore College (BA, Dance) and a 2015 graduate of UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (MFA, Dance).