Taku Hirano

New York City, New York

Taku Hirano, one of the top percussionists on the touring and recording circuit, has been referred to by rock legend Mick Fleetwood as the "Secret Weapon" for good reason, with a client list of luminaries spanning practically every genre.

He has toured the world with Fleetwood Mac, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, Isaac Hayes, Lindsey Buckingham, Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), and Japanese pop superstar Utada Hikaru.

His live performance credits also include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, John Mayer, Usher, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Josh Groban, LeAnn Rimes, Chaka Khan, Jamie Foxx, Brandy, Don Henley, Barry Manilow, Travis Tritt, Yolanda Adams, Cece Winans, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Taku has recorded with Dr. Dre, Fleetwood Mac, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, The Temptations, Nelly Furtado, Stevie Nicks, Ziggy Marley, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Chromeo, and Lionel Richie, in addition to numerous major motion picture scores and soundtracks. He also acted as a consultant to Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails for the “Lights In The Sky” tour.

Taku was most recently the percussionist and a soloist on Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour. He also did tour dates with John Mayer, television performances with Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, and Aretha Franklin, and performed at the White House with Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge, Jill Scott, Janelle Monáe, Lil Wayne and Ariana Grande.

In 2014, Taku launched the blog Team-Yellow.com and his apparel/streetwear line 3rd Culture Style (www.3rdCultureStyle.com).

  • Work
    • Recording Artist
  • Education
    • Berklee College of Music
    • California Institute of the Arts
    • Escuela Nacional de Artes- Havana
    • Roosevelt School of the Arts
    • Hong Kong International School