Taku Hirano

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Taku Hirano
Birth nameTakuya Hirano
Born (1973-10-22) October 22, 1973 (age 45)
Osaka, Japan
Occupation(s)percussionist, record producer, recording artist
InstrumentsPercussion
Years active1996–present
LabelsDomo Records
Associated actsFleetwood Mac
Whitney Houston
Dr. Dre
Stevie Nicks
Bette Midler
Hikaru Utada and more

Takuya Hirano (平野 琢也, Hirano Takuya) (born October 22, 1973, stylized as Taku Hirano) is a Japanese percussionist and recording artist with the group Tao Of Sound.

Biography[edit]

Takuya "Taku" Hirano was born in Osaka, and grew up in Fresno, California and Hong Kong. He attended Hong Kong International School [1] and graduated from Roosevelt School of the Arts at Theodore Roosevelt High School (Fresno), where he studied orchestral percussion, jazz, afro-cuban jazz, and salsa music. He then attended Berklee College of Music, studying under Giovanni Hidalgo and Jamey Haddad, graduating in 1995.[2] He has also studied drum set with Alan Dawson and Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, as well as in Havana, Cuba with Changuito.[3]

Taku Hirano has toured playing percussion with Fleetwood Mac,[4] Whitney Houston,[5] Bette Midler,[6] Stevie Nicks,[7] Lionel Richie,[8] Isaac Hayes, Dr. John, Lindsey Buckingham,[9] John Mayer,[10] A.R. Rahman,[11][12] Hikaru Utada,[13] and with Cirque du Soleil on Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.[14][15]

Taku has recorded with Dr. Dre[16] on 2001,[17] Fleetwood Mac, Whitney Houston, The Temptations, Hikaru Utada, Stevie Nicks, Josh Groban, Chromeo, Ziggy Marley, Emmanuel Jal, Nelly Furtado and Lionel Richie, in addition to working on major motion picture soundtracks.[18][19][20]

As co-founder of the production duo Tao Of Sound, he has worked as a producer and programmer of commercial sound libraries,[21] and remixer for artists such as Kanye West,[22] Kitaro,[23] and The Ahn Trio.[24] Tao of Sound has released four albums under the record label Domo Records: Metro (2010) [25][26] Ronin- Extended Play (2012),[27][28] Ronin (2013),[29] and These Times (2016).[30]

Taku is a columnist for Drum! magazine,[31][32][33] a contributor for Modern Drummer magazine[34][35] a drum clinician, and has served as an artist-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University, as a teacher at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and as a guest lecturer at New York University Steinhardt. He is currently an artist-in-residence at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music, and a guest lecturer at Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts.[36]

Taku was listed in Modern Drummer 's Reader’s Poll 2014, 2013, and 2012,[37][38][39] and Drum!'s Drummies awards 2015 Percussionist of the Year (runner up), 2015 Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop Percussionist (runner-up), 2013 Studio Percussionist (runner-up), 2013 Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop Percussionist (runner-up), 2012 Studio Percussionist (runner-up), 2012 World Percussionist (runner-up), 2011 Percussionist of the Year (runner-up), 2011 Studio Percussionist (runner-up), 2011 Jazz/Fusion Percussionist (runner-up), 2011 Live Performer (runner-up), 2011 Rock/Pop Percussionist of the Year (runner-up), 2010 Rock/Pop Percussionist of the Year, 2009 Rock/Pop Percussionist of the Year, 2008 Percussionist of the Year (runner-up), 2008 Best Worldbeat Percussionist (runner-up), and 2007 Percussion Rising Star.[40]

Taku is currently on tour with Fleetwood Mac on their An Evening with Fleetwood Mac World Tour. He also recently served as the percussionist in the house bands for the Fox television shows Showtime at the Apollo and The Four: Battle for Stardom as well as the PBS television special GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends 2019.

Awards[edit]

  • ORIGIN Magazine – 100 Top Creatives (2015)
  • Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's Poll 2015 – Best Percussionist (Runner-up)
  • Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's Poll 2013 – Best Percussionist (Runner-up)
  • Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's Poll 2012 – Best Percussionist (Runner-up)
  • Drum! Magazine Drummies 2015 – Percussionist of the Year (Runner-up); Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop Percussionist (Runner-up)
  • Drum! Magazine Drummies 2013 – Studio Percussionist (Runner-up); Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop Percussionist (Runner-up)
  • Drum! Magazine Drummies 2012 – Studio Percussionist (Runner-up); World Percussionist (Runner-up)
  • Drum! Magazine Drummies 2011 – Percussionist of the Year (Runner-up); Studio Percussionist (Runner-up); Jazz/Fusion Percussionist (Runner-up); Live Performer (Runner-up); Rock/Pop Percussionist of the Year (Runner-up)
  • Drum! Magazine Drummies 2010 – Rock/Pop Percussionist of the Year
  • Drum! Magazine Drummies 2009 – Rock/Pop Percussionist of the Year
  • Drum! Magazine Drummies 2008 – Percussionist of the Year (Runner-up); Worldbeat Percussionist (Runner-up)
  • Drum! Magazine Drummies 2007 – Percussion Rising Star of the Year; Rock/Pop Percussionist (Runner-up)
  • Louis Armstrong award

Discography[edit]

With Tao Of Sound[edit]

  • Metro (Domo Records 2010)[41]
  • Ronin- Extended Play (Domo Records 2012)[42]
  • Ronin (Domo Records 2013)[43]
  • These Times (Domo Records 2016)[44]

Other artists[edit]

Touring credits[edit]

Taku has been a percussionist on many tours since the late 1990s.[45]

Artist Tour Name Date
Fleetwood Mac An Evening with Fleetwood Mac - Australia / New Zealand August 2019 - September 2019
Fleetwood Mac An Evening with Fleetwood Mac - Europe / UK June 2019
Fleetwood Mac An Evening with Fleetwood Mac - North America September 2018 - April 2019
Les Nubians Up Close & Personal Tour - North America June 2017 - July 2017
Dr. John Live Dates - North America; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 2017 - December 2017
Bette Midler Divine Intervention Tour - UK July 2015
Bette Midler Divine Intervention Tour - North America May 2015 - June 2015
Iggy Azalea Promo Dates and Appearances November 2014
Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour - Japan June 2013
John Mayer Born and Raised Promo; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 2013 - May 2013
Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour - UK October 2012 – May 2013
Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour - Mexico August 2012 – September 2012
Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour - North America October 2011 – August 2012
A.R. Rahman A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour - Singapore March 2011
Josh Groban Illuminations (Josh Groban album) Promo Dates and Appearances October 2010 – February 2011
A.R. Rahman A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour - South Africa November 2010
A.R. Rahman A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour - North America September 2010
Stevie Nicks North American Tour August 2010
A.R. Rahman A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour - UK July 2010
A.R. Rahman A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour - North America June 2010
Shakira Promo Dates and Appearances April 2010
Utada Hikaru Utada: In the Flesh 2010 Tour January 2010 – February 2010
Bette Midler The Showgirl Must Go On Las Vegas Show January 2008 – January 2010
Stevie Nicks North American Tour February 2007 – March 2007
Lindsey Buckingham Under The Skin Tour; Live at the Bass Performance Hall October 2006 – February 2007
Utada Hikaru Utada United 2006 Japan Tour July 2006 – August 2006
Stevie Nicks Gold Dust Tour June 2006 – August 2006
Stevie Nicks Two Voices Tour (with Don Henley) June 2006
Giorgia Unplugged Session Tour November 2005 – January 2006
Stevie Nicks Australia Tour; Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (Live recording with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) February 2006 – March 2006
Bette Midler From the Big Apple to the Big Easy September 2005
Bette Midler Kiss My Brass Australia Tour April 2005 – May 2005
Bette Midler Kiss My Brass North American Tour September 2004 – December 2004
Fleetwood Mac Say You Will Tour - North America May 2004 – September 2004
Lionel Richie European Promo Dates and Appearances March 2004
Fleetwood Mac Say You Will Tour - Australia February 2004 – March 2004
Fleetwood Mac Say You Will Tour - Europe November 2003 – December 2003
Fleetwood Mac Say You Will Tour - North America; Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston May 2003 – October 2003
Fleetwood Mac Promo Dates and Appearances February 2003 – April 2003
Lionel Richie Promo Dates and Appearances December 2002 – February 2002
LeAnn Rimes Promo Dates and Appearances December 2002
Utada Hikaru Japan Promo Appearances, MTV Unplugged July 2001
Lionel Richie Renaissance European Tour April 2001 – May 2001
Lionel Richie European Tour; Montreux Jazz Festival July 2000
Lionel Richie Tina Turner Twenty Four Seven Tour - Europe July 2000
Lionel Richie Tina Turner Twenty Four Seven Tour - North America March 2000 – June 2000
Whitney Houston My Love Is Your Love World Tour - Europe August 1999 – November 1999
Whitney Houston My Love Is Your Love World Tour - North America June 1999 – July 1999
Isaac Hayes Promo Dates and Appearances October 1998 – April 1999
Kenny Lattimore South Africa Tour July 1998
Kenny Lattimore From The Soul Of Man Tour June 1998
Jonathan Butler Promo Dates and Appearances October 1997 – April 1998
Puff Daddy No Way Out Promo Dates and Appearances August 1997
Kenny Lattimore For You Tour May 1997 – September 1997
Tevin Campbell Japan Tour; South Africa Tour November – December 1996
Tevin Campbell Back to the World Promo Dates and Appearances September 1996

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