Yuichiro FUNABASHI Kodo Ensemble Leader
- Yuichiro FUNABASHI
- Date of Birth:
- May 9, 1974
- Ninomiya, Kanagawa
Yuichiro Funabashi is the leader of Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble. He first encountered taiko while studying archeology as a university student. He entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 1998 and became a Kodo member in 2001. On stage, Funabashi is mainly featured on taiko drums, metal percussion instruments and vocals. He also composes pieces, such as crowd-favorite “BURNING.” In recent years, Funabashi has served as artistic director for many of Kodo’s touring productions, including the Kodo 40th Anniversary One Earth Tour works “Tsuzumi” and “Warabe,” along with new production “Cycles,” set to premiere in November 2022. His kind, approachable character and gentle demeanor have made him a reliable confidant and sounding board for many Kodo members. Funabashi has held a leadership role within the ensemble for a decade now, serving as Kodo’s deputy ensemble leader from 2012 until January 2016 when he became ensemble leader.