Yuta Sumiyoshi started playing taiko in his second year of elementary school. He entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 2010, and became a Kodo member in 2013. Despite being a newcomer, he was selected for important soloist positions from his very first tour, including the coveted role of O-daiko. On stage, he is featured mainly on taiko drums and bamboo flutes, and is one of three drum soloists featured in the climax of Kodo's latest One Earth Tour production, "Chaos." He is able to see things from an objective point of view, and deals with challenges with remarkable flexibility. Known by colleagues as Kodo's "sound maker," Sumiyoshi specializes in nimble drumstick work, and is always enhancing the musicality of performance pieces. He has composed several pieces featured on the Kodo stage, including Yui, Kei Kei and Sasurai.