| Born 1965, Tokyo Japan
Eileen Kage was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Canada with her family at the age of 9. As a mixed race and bi-cultural youth she embraced the art of taiko, learning to express herself in a physical and artistic way through the art form. This came about when she joined Katari Taiko*, Canada’s first taiko group, in 1982 and has since co-founded several taiko/music groups over the years. Some such groups are: Uzume Taiko*, the first professional Taiko group in Canada (1988); Sawagi Taiko*, the first all womens Taiko group in Canada (1990); and LOUD, taiko and electric guitar ensemble (1996).
She has toured parts of Europe and North America with the aforementioned groups as well as with her collaborations with dance companies Co. Erasga and Kokoro Dance. She continues to explore and create new works utilizing the taiko through collaborations with other artists.
Her on-going projects include studying the ceremonial roots of taiko and creating durational taiko opportunities involving her taiko communities. She continues to play/compose with other taiko veterans in Onibana (Leslie Komori and Noriko Kobayashi) and with LOUD (electric guitarist Elaine Stef), as well as honing her taiko skills with members of JODAIKO, an international professional women’s taiko group lead by Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento California.