MAI - Dance, KAZE - Wind, (D)TAIKO - Japanese Drumming




  • 2018 SF World Percussion Arts Festival

    July 21st - 8PM, July 22nd - 6PM

    Dance Mission Theater - 3316 24th St., SF, CA 94110


    Tickets: www.worldpercussionarts.brownpapertickets.com

    The 2018 SF World Percussion Arts Festival features renowned international artists spanning musical traditions from Japan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria and India. Guest Artists include the legendary Yoshikazu Fujimoto and his wife Yoko, from the world famous KODO drummers of Japan, Pezhham Akhavass, who appeared with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and Abbos Kosimov, a member of Zakir Hussain’s “Masters of Percussion” touring ensemble. Don’t miss this rare gathering of world class percussionists and musicians!!


    ***The program will be the same for each night***


  • Photos & Videos

    2018 International Taiko Festival

    "Bujin" - Composed by Yoichi Watanabe

    SF World Percussion Arts Festival 2016

    SF World Percussion Arts Festival 2012

  • About Us


    Maikaze Daiko is a San Francisco-based performance ensemble and Taiko school. Our name, "Dancing Wind", reflects our focus on innovative arrangements, precision taiko playing and creative use of movement and space. Our mission is to preserve and promote the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Japanese Taiko drumming through performing traditional and neo-traditional pieces that are rooted in Japanese culture and by giving a voice to American Taiko in the 21st century with presentations of original works that incorporate elements of world music, contemporary choreography, and interdisciplinary imagination. Maikaze Daiko is known for presenting work that is both neo-traditional and original in recontextualizing the traditional aspects of the art form.


    The group has been honored to perform at such events such as the 2018 International Taiko Festival, the San Francisco Chinese New Year's Parade and the San Francisco World Percussion Arts Festival. The ensemble is comprised mostly of community members and is one of the few groups outside of Japan who have been bestowed the permission to perform in the regional style of Wajima Kiriko Daiko and also been given the permission to perform Amanojaku’s signature piece, “Bujin”. Maikaze Daiko offers a range of classes open to the public at our home, Dance Mission Theater, and has conducted corporate team building workshops for various Fortune 500 Companies such as Facebook and Google.


    Since its founding, Maikaze Daiko has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has produced numerous concerts including the

    bi-annual San Francisco World Percussion Arts Festival and the weekly production, "Maikaze Daiko & Friends" (2014-15), at the Hotel Nikko in SF which hosted visiting luminary artists such as Shakuhachi Master Artist, Riley Lee, and Master Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo.


    Past Events & Clients

    Public Events:

    2018 San Francisco International Taiko Festival


    2018 San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival


    San Francisco Chinese New Year's Parade


    The San Francisco World Percussion

    Arts Festival


    "Maikaze Daiko & Friends" at the Hotel Nikko (2014-2015)


    San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival

    Fresh Meat Festival


    Clients/Private Events:



    Consul General of Japan, SF



    Sony Playstation

    Gamers Developer Conference


    Artistic Director

    Bruce "Mui" Ghent


    Bruce Ghent, aka “Mui”, has spent the last 35 years as a multifaceted performing artist that has crossed from the classical contemporary dance world to the Taiko world and somewhere in between. As a dancer/movement artist who received his degree in Modern Dance & Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts, he has worked and performed with the likes of MacArthur “Genius” Recipient and Tony Award winning choreographer, Bill T. Jones (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co.), Robert Moses’ KIN Dance Company, GeorgeCoates Performance Works, Berkeley Repertory Theater Company, and the Redwood Empire Ballet Company. Mr. Ghent has also extensively studied the martial arts under renowned teachers including Kung Fu Mater Kam Yuen (Technical Advisor for the TV show, "Kung Fu" w/David Carradine) and National TKD Champion and Filipino Martial Arts Master, Roland Ferrer.


    In 1993, Mr. Ghent began his formal study of Taiko under Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, where after becoming a principal member of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, he toured throughout the US and in Japan sharing the stage with some of the great masters of Wadaiko and traditional Japanese music. After his tenure with San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Mui went on to create and direct the cutting edge Taiko quartet, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. The professional touring ensemble focused on progressive theatrical work including collaborations with renowned jazz artists, traditional folk musicians and choreographers. The ensemble's music was featured on the Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Steve Okazaki's, "Mifune: The Last Samurai" . Concurrently, Mr. Ghent also produced a seasonal nightly act entitled, “Nishikaze Daiko”, for Disneyland which he developed with the aid of UCLA’s Kyodo Taiko.


    As an educator and commissioned Taiko-based composer, he has conducted workshops and residencies internationally while his his work has been performed nationally and internationally including the Middle East, Cuba, and the Caribbean. He produces and directs the Annual SF World Percussion Arts Festival which has featured such luminary artists as Hiroyuki Hayashida (KODO), GONNA (Japan), Jim Sani Owen (Tabla), Duniya Dance & Drum (West African), Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (Vibraphone), Bruce Huebner (Shakuhachi) and Ong Dance Company (Korea).


    He served as the Resident Taiko Composer and Instructor for Dance Brigade from 2000-2015 in which his work was nominated for the 2002 Isadora Duncan Award for Sound/Music/Text. From 2014-2015, Mr. Ghent produced a weekly show at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco entitled “Maikaze Daiko & Friends”, which showcased Taiko and Japanese Folk Music which included distinguished visiting artists such as Master Shakuhachi Artist, Riley Lee and Master Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo. He is recognized as a “Distinguished Alumni” of SF Taiko Dojo and holds a 1st Kyu certification in Wajima Kiriko Daiko which is officially recognized by the Wajima Kiriko Daiko Hozonkai.


    Currently, Mr. Ghent is a credentialed teacher for SF Unified School District where he teaches the Taiko full-time for the Visual & Performing Arts program. He is also in residence at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco where he serves as the Artistic Director and Head Instructor for Maikaze Daiko and as the Taiko Director for the award-winning youth Dance & Taiko Performance group, GRRRL Brigade.

  • Our Services


    Tailored Performances

    With over 10 years of experience in providing high quality performances and team building workshops for Fortune 500 Companies and established music festivals., Maikaze Daiko can tailor a performance or workshop for your specific needs. Our extensive network of collaborating artists can add musicians from traditional Japanese music including Shamisen (banjo), Shakuhachi (end blown flute), Koto (zither) and Shinobue (transverse flute); as well as other world musicians form the Indian and West African traditions to provide a fusion of World Music.




    Bruce "Mui" Ghent




    High Quality Instruction at all Levels

    As a credentialed teacher and a professional artist with 35 years of experience, Artistic Director - Bruce "Mui" Ghent provides a comprehensive approach for the student to learn the art form in all applications from the basic foundation to professional coaching. Classes are held weekly at Dance Mission Theater in SF.


    Our Current Schedule:


    Sunday 9-11:00AM

    Ensemble & Mixed Levels


    Sunday 10:30-Noon Introductory


    Monday 8-10PM Ensemble

  • The Beat

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • Upcoming Performances:


    Start Up World Cup 2018

    May 11th - Open to paid attendees only

    Members of Maikaze Daiko will be joined by Kyle Abbott (Shamisen) & Special Guest - Yuzu Natsumi (Shamisen) from Tokyo.

    Miniso - Grand Opening (pending)

    June 9th - 1PM Stonestown Mall, SF

    Grand Opening of a New Japanese Retail Clothing Outlet

    Private Event

    June 14th - Fairmont Hotel

    Yerba Buena Gardens Summer Festival (Hosted by Consul General of Japan)


    July 12th  - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF

    2018 SF World Percussion Arts Festival


    Maikaze Daiko hosts the 2018 SF World Percussion Arts Festival. Special Guest Artists include:


    Yoshikazu & Yoko Fujimoto who are distinguished senior members of

    the world renowned KODO drummers, based on Sado Island, Japan.


    July 21st - 8PM, July 22nd - 6PM

    Dance Mission Theater - 3316 24th St., SF

    Tickets: www.worldpercussionarts.brownpapertickets.com


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