Ai Matsuda

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Born and raised in Japan until the age of 16, Matsuda began to play taiko with Hawaii Matsuri Taiko, a community group led by her aunt Mrs. Faye Komagata. In 1999, she became a performing group member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, performing in Hawaii and on the U.S. continent. In 2011, she returned to Japan to study with Yuu Ishizuka (kumidaiko, ensemble drumming), Saburo Mochizuki (hogaku hayashi, classical Japanese music), and Kyosuke Suzuki (Edo Bayashi/Shinobue/Shishimai). Matsuda recently returned to the U.S. to perform and teach kumidaiko, hogaku hayashi, ohayashi, and shishimai. She currently resides in San Jose, California.