Markus Guhe · CV

Started playing taiko at the Mugen Taiko Dojo
AprilTwo week tour with Mugenkyo players
July/AugustStudy trip to Japan with the Mugen Taiko Dojo
21 JulyPerformance at the Saiwai Shimoina Wadaiko Festival in Iida City, Nagano Prefecture
AugustStarted learning the shakuhachi, lessons with Clive Bell; I am studying with Kakizakai Kaoru sensei since September 2013
OctoberTaiko instruction in Tokyo with members of taiko groups Oedo Sukeroku and Amanojaku
since MayMember of the European Shakuhachi Society
August3 week run with Mugenkyo at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
DecemberFull Mugenkyo member, permanent member of the touring lineup; dojo sempai
AprilMain instructor of dojo training in Edinburgh
MayFull time professional musician
JulyShakuhachi shihan (master’s licence) awarded by Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan (KSK)
Appointed adviser to the European Shakuhachi Society (ESS)
30 JulyPerformance in the Shakuhachi New Voices concert at the 2016 ESS Summer School performance in Barelona
January–MarchVoice Beats project. Teaching taiko in 8 Scottish primary schools to introduce the pupils to taiko resulting in four theatre performances.
MarchFirst recipient of the prestigious KSK Europe scholarship
July–OctoberIntensive study period in Chichibu with my teacher Kakizakai Kaoru sensei on the KSK Europe scholarship
21 JulySpecial guest in Kurumaya Ultimate Taiko concert (shakuhachi–taiko collaborations with Kurumaya Masaaki)
25 AugustPerformance in the KSK Summer Workshop in Bisei
MayRelease of first solo CD Samazama
Release of CD The Way of the Drum with Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
AugustPremiere and three week run of first solo show The Shakuhachi Experience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

I have been playing with Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at many national and international festivals and events since 2011, among others: performances in Qatar, Bahrain (Formula 1 World Championship 2012), Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi (Formula 1 World Championship 2013), Moskow, Porto, Padova and Milano (Festival del’Oriente 2015, 2016), Malta International Music Festival (2017), Tyre (Lebanon 2018).

Since becoming a member of the touring lineup I have been touring extensively with Mugenkyo in the full concert spring and autumn tours (around 3 weeks each) as well as in the Way of the Drum tours once or twice a year (around 2 weeks each).

In all these concerts and events I have played taiko, shakuhachi and shinobue.

I am a senior outreach instructor of Mugenkyo and the Mugen Taiko Dojo, teaching taiko classes in schools and to taiko groups across the country as well as locally in Scotland since 2011.