Recorded February 2, 2016. 58 minute, 42 MB mp3 file.
From Eien’s website:
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a musician and educator based in Portland, Oregon specializing in drumset, taiko, percussion, and shinobue. …He has worked with electro-acoustic groups Isshin Denshin Atmospheric Ensemble and Haagen & Ryuzen, TomoeArts artistic director Colleen Lanki, Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, tsugaru shamisen artist Hiroshi Yamaguchi, sho artist Naomi Sato, Michael O’Neill’s bagpipe ensemble Mearingstone, Vancouverʼs Silk Road Music, African band Kow Kanda, and rock/reggae band Still Creek. He performs traditional Japanese music and jazz with his vibraphone & shakuhachi duet with Bruce Huebner. Eien is a member of contemporary taiko quartet On Ensemble and continues to write new compositions for the group.
In this interview, we talk with Eien about his performance background, moving between different musical spheres, and the cats of composition and collaboration.