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Tsubasa Hori (Japanese Taiko drummer)
Tsubasa Hori was born in Kyoto and currently lives in Antwerp, Belgium.
She started playing taiko at the age of eleven and later graduated from the Kyoto City Horikawa Music High School (Percussion Class).
While studying, Tsubasa began playing the drums in bands and immersed herself into the world of ‘Japanese Rock’. In 1996 Tsubasa moved to Sado Island where she became a performing member of the Japanese drumming group ‘Kodo’, a collaboration which lasted for 14 years. Besides being active as a performer she also started to write and arrange music for the group, this resulted in assembling a female-based Taiko production ‘Cocon’, allowing the exploration of a female Taiko performance.
In 2010 Tsubasa moved to Belgium and became involved in theater productions, dance works, fashion related performances/artworks and mostly collaborates with genre-pushing musicians
Her solo performance is based on improvisation and includes the use of other instruments, including Koto (Japanese Harp), Voice, Piano, Kyujo-orin (modern Japanese bells), and Music Box.
photo: Yutaka mori