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Artist, Arts Professional, Arts Organization
Dance, Music
In your own words, what is your ethnic identity? (for individuals)
Asian And Japanese programs
Your Artistic Background/Mission
East Winds, Inc. mission is to advance public interest in and understanding of Japanese and other Asian music and performing Arts and to expose the public to music from Japan and other Asian countries through workshops, performances and production of new works incorporating elements of Asian music.

The organization also provides musicians with a forum to expose their work to the public.
East Winds, Inc. is actively involved with programs in the community with the groups Taikoza and East Winds Ensemble. East Winds, Inc. has in the past produced tours with Japanese artists in collaboration with American based artists for tours in the USA and Europe.

The organization has also helped commission new music for Japanese instruments. In the past their collaborations have been funded by the NEA, the Japan Foundation, Asian American Arts Alliance, NY DCA, LMCC grants.

Their programs have been presented locally in Inwood as well as nationally and internationally in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, and Republic of Georgia.
Your Creative Influences
Ondekoza, Katsuya Yokoyama and Tagayasu Den were great influences on our programs. Great Japanese visionaries of the Taiko movement such a s Tagayasu Den that has been forgotten or unknown by most Asian American Taiko groups that only look in the present and near future and do not really seem to have a vision.
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East Winds Inc presents:

Taikoza (Japanese Taiko) This exciting and spectacular percussion group presents an energetic program featuring the ancestral Taiko drums. The program blends colorful dances and soulful melodies played on bamboo flutes to the thunderous sounds of the taiko. With traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages. They recently performed to critical acclaim in Russia, Belarus, Italy and Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan and Georgia.


East Winds Ensemble presents a wonderful program of koto and shakuhachi music (Japanese string and flute music).  Led by some of the most talented musicians of traditional Japanese music. They have been invited to perform at Japanese and International festivals.

The program includes traditional and contemporary music. East Winds Ensemble gives new life to Japanese music and has enchanted audiences worldwide with their concerts and CDs.


Please feel free to contact us about these programs or if you would like to receive a copy of their CD for consideration. These programs will sure delight your audiences as they have delighted audiences all over the world.


Please contact Marco Lienhard at 646-418-8808 or email:


For Taikoza Publicity photos download here:


What the media said:

Reviews for Marco Lienhard and his group Taikoza


“ In its choreography and its vigor taiko becomes almost a martial art, one in which violence has been sublimated into disciplined exultation a blend of high-decibel virtuosity and sinful shakuhachi solos. Precision and energy are paramount here and the product, for me, was medicinal. It is a combination narcotic, stimulant and vitamin pill.”

Bernard Holland, NY Times


The concert was full of stirring Music from Japan. From the most delicate and mournful bamboo flute song to the loudest and most pulsating beat, the dedicated passion of the musicians was inspiring"

The Richmond News Leader


Taikoza has moved the drums in the foreground and into an exciting visual Explosion,

The Dothan Eagle


“ Few adjectives can explain the sound, emotion and overall experience of the pounding drums of a live performance. My senses were rattles.” Nichi Bei Times


“Something strange and wonderful is coming your way. There was thunder and there was lighting and there was the sea crashing against a cliff, and volcanoes. For a few utterly transporting minutes, there was expressed in the metaphors of merciless rhythms and fluttering melodies, anything a listener had experienced, would experience and could imagine experiencing.



"Taikoza is the definition of great art and the audience was not mistaken when they broke into thunderous applause."

FAN of Neuchatel


The performance physical at times, meditative at times was very powerful and emotional. The visual beauty as well as the raw energy of the drummers pounding on the taiko took the audience. It created an emotional tension that was only released at the end with the audience’s heartfelt and thunderous applause. The members of Taikoza beyond their professionalism were able to make Taiko music more approachable to the audience

Corriere del Ticino


 “ 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


 “The members gave their bodies over to musical performance at times a very physical and musical performance. - The highly appreciative audience was treated to physical dexterity, lovely and magical flute music ”

Boston Herald



“ 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


“The musicians’ strong performance really livened up the audience

Taikoza’s energetic performance is a delicate mixture of tranquility and excitement and while using traditional Japanese performing arts they are successful at breaking national boundaries.”

The Arts Cure, 2003



Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. The Taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance.  Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the Koto (a 13 string instrument). Taikoza’s new CD has been nominated as best Asian Ethnic Album for the Just Plain Folks Music Award. Taikoza has appeared on different TV programs such as Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the History Channel in “History vs. Hollywood” and ESPN S.U.M.O: The battle of the Giants. Taikoza is featured in the Movie: The Commute.

Taikoza has recorded the music for the Nintendo wii game: Red Steel 1 and 2.

Taikoza and East Winds have been the recipients of many grants for their exciting and energetic programs.


Taikoza presents a very popular program for schools in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Virginia area for Young Audiences and Symphony Space. Taikoza did a tour of Birmingham, AL area schools funded with a NEA grant that the Birmingham International Festival received.


Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world).

The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Republic of Georgia, etc.

Performances include corporate events for Merrill Lynch, Gillette, Ameritech, City of Los Angeles, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Dell Computers, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, Pfizer, Merck, Diesel, Sony, etc







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