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Kaoru Watanabe is a professional musician who specializes in Japanese drums (taiko) and Japanese bamboo flutes (shinobue). Kaoru was a member of Kodo, a world-renowned taiko group in Japan. He now resides in NY and continues to teach and perform. More Info.

Kaoru Watanabe: a rare musician who traverses the traditional music forms both East and West, classical and contemporary, predetermined and improvisational. His expertise in taiko drumming and bamboo flutes gives his music both force with extreme delicacy. His superb musicianship makes him a joy to create with. He enriches any musical situation with his unique perspective.
— Jason Moran (Jazz Pianist, Blue Note Recording Artist)

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