Taikoza

*Marco Lienhard *is the director of East Winds, Inc. and the musical director and lead performer for Taikoza and East Winds Ensemble (1995-Present) the group is based in New York City. Marco Lienhard lived and performed in Japan for 18 years (1981-1998) as a member of the legendary Taiko group Ondekoza under director Tagayasu Den (who instigated the renaissance of Taiko). In Ondekoza, he mastered the Taiko, the Shinobue, the Noh flute and he mastered the Shakuhachi under Katsuya Yokoyama. He ran over 9000 miles around the perimeter of the US from 1990-1993 while performing over 700 shows along the way.

Since 1981, Marco had toured and taught internationally. He has performed as a soloist with Taikoza and Ondekoza numerous times at Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Madison Square Garden, Tchaikovsky Hall and International Performing Center in Moscow among others. He has been on the roster of 10 Young Audiences Chapters for the past 20 years. He has worked as well with Lincoln Institute, Symphony Space educational CAP program since 1995. With his knowledge of 7 languages, he has presented educational programs in several languages through South America, Europe and Japan. He has presented school programs in Birmingham, AL thanks to a NEA grant. He has performed for the Wolftrap Institute as many other educational organizations nationally.
In 1995, Marco Lienhard was the critically acclaimed Shakuhachi soloist for the NYC Opera’s premiere of the Opera ''Kinkakuji'' and “Voyage X” with the Juilliard New Music Ensemble. He recorded music for the award-winning Nintendo Wii games: Red Steel 1 and 2. He has produced over ten award nominated CDs for East Winds Ensemble and Taikoza (with over 10 million streams on Spotify).
He has published a bestseller book about learning the Shinobue and is working on other books and CDs. His music can be found on MarcoLienhard.com and Taikoza.com.

Taikoza video:

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Japanese Bamboo flute Shakuhachi video:

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And more on youTube account

We can also hold workshops and presentations in French, German, Italian, Japanese and in basic Spanish.
Platform we can use for lesson/workshops: Zoom, Viber, Whatsapp, FaceTime, Skype, etc.
We can do online concerts or workshops for larger groups as well

Find Cd and books and more at Taikoza.com. and MarcoLienhard.com

Find the music of Taikoza on AppleMusic or on Sportify
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East Winds Ensemble
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Reviews for Marco Lienhard performances and work.

“The Shakuhachi, played with malleable, expressive attacks, produces a breathy sound, deep in terms of profundity if not pitch. “One can hear already in a single tone the sound of the whole cosmos,” Mr. Hosokawa writes, adding that the instrument evokes “the sadness and beauty of the past.” Marco Lienhard, a Swiss-born master of the Shakuhachi, did ample justice to these suggestions.”
JAMES R. OESTREICH, New York Times 2015

“ An amazing shakuhachi player Marco Lienhard has come out with a new CD, truly a very gifted and wonderful sense of musicality. Not since Yamaguchi Goro’s rendition of Kinko Honkyoku music have I felt the need to listen to more of his music. His rendition of Honkyoku form the Watazumi School is incredible and everyone studying the style should listen to it. His powerful and heartfelt rendition of Amazing grace reminded me of such gospel singers as Mahalia Jackson.

From article by Mr. Kishi appeared in Hogaku Journal, Tokyo Japan 1998

“ The drummers were clearly enduring some metaphysical test, but less grueling in the program, Marco Lienhard’s deeply fanciful solos on the shakuhachi looked fully invested and with more than just energy. It is the layering of drums patterns and sonorities in intricate compositions that represent the key to the experience.

Los Angeles Times, 1996

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Wonderful! Marco met with all of my PreK classes! It was my little graduation gift to all my students. They loved hearing Marco play the Taiko Drums, Shakuhatchi flute, and other Japanese instruments. They learned how to say good morning, thank you, and goodbye in Japanese and they learned the history of Taiko drums. The best part was learning to play the drums!! They used wooden spoons or chopsticks and boxes - and Marco taught them traditional Taiko drumming techniques! The kids had a ball! They answered and asked questions throughout and were enthralled!