TAWOO Kaori Asano

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GOCOO is a professional Taiko group led by Kaoly Asano, who also is the founder of TAWOO. GOCOO made its debut in 1997 at the Techno Festival "Rainbow 2000 Mt. Fuji." In addition to periodic live performances, the group has participated in major festivals (Asagiri Jam, Hotaka Festival, Equinox, Earth Day Concert, and Rainbow Parade), ecology events, and rave parties. It has performed at the Kokuritsu Gekijo (National Theater) in "Japanese Taiko - transcending borders" and "Fuji Rock 2003."

GOCOO has several CDs out: "Healing Asia" by Consipio Records, "Live 01" by Universal Records, "HOTAKA," a collaboration piece with an English band JUNO REACTOR, by Universal Records. "Tea House" in HOTAKA was featured in the movie "Matrix Reloaded."
GOCOO has performed overseas on many tours: Live Tour on Native American Reservations in 2000, European Tour 2003 (Graz, Austria and 6 cities in Germany), European Tour 2004 (11 cities across Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and Austria), European Tour 2005 (24 live performances across Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and Luxemburg). They have also been invited to "Cervantino," the largest music festival in Latin America and have toured through 8 cities in Mexico.

GOCOO sound has also been featured in TV commercials for Hitachi and Toyo Tires. The group continues to expand its scope of activities.
From the ancient times, people sang, danced, and played Taiko in moments of joy and gratitude. By playing Taiko, they aroused the force and became connected with God and Nature. That is the power and the role given to Taiko at its birth. That is the origin of Taiko. We create our sound by being true to this origin and allowing Taiko and its sound to come alive by liberating our senses.
Like the blood gushing through our entire body, exhilarating us and awakening our ancient memories, the echo of Taiko arouses our passion. Fusing the sensations of different times with the sound of Taiko, we hope to create music that is truly global and alive today.

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