Shoji Kameda - Guest Artist

Shoji Kameda developed an early passion for taiko as a member of Shasta Taiko starting at the age of 8. Shoji is a founding member of On Ensemble, a group formed to explore new directions in taiko. He tours and records for Grammy nominated jazz fusion band, Hiroshima.

Kameda was a leading member of Stanford Taiko, and toured with San Jose Taiko, the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, and TaikoProject. He was selected to participate in the Asian Pacific Performance Exchange fellow, collaborating with master artists from Asia and America.

ShastaYama 2005 Photo: Jim Gilmore

Shoji produced On Ensemble's critically acclaimed CD Dust and Sand, composed the score for Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story - the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival, and recorded taiko and voice parts for TV show Heroes. Kameda also performed at the 2008 National Democratic Convention.

Shoji Kameda is a leading American taiko artist. His talents and spirit have been an important part of ShastaYama's development and excellent reputation.