“To Takafumi Nikaido we send our congratulations for his professionalism, virtuosity and mastery of the tumbadoras”.
Giraldo Piloto Barreto (Klimax)
During his time in Cuba, he studied with leading percussionists such as José Luis Quintana “Changuito”.
Takafumi Nikaido began playing the saxophone at age 6 and was inspired to venture into percussion and studied with Fujio Saito after seeing a live performance by Earth Wind & Fire at age of 7.
At the age of 12, he traveled to Cuba to take dance and drumming lessons where he collaborated with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.
He studied theory and interpretation with people like Eguie Castrillo, Tiger Okoshi, Mark Walker, Oscar Stagnaro and Jim Odgren.
In 2014 he traveled back to Cuba to attend the Fiesta del Tambor Percussion Competition where he received the “Best Foreign Participant Award”.
During his time in Cuba he studied with prominent percussionists such as Jose Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Adel Gonzalez, Adonis Panter Calderon and Osain Del Monte.
At Berklee, he performed with artists such as Oscar Feldman, Terence Blanchard, Jon Secada, FANTINE, Sivamani, Ruben Rada, Totó la Momposina and Mane De La Parra.
That summer, he became involved with “The United East Jazz Quintet” and performed live in 9 clubs from all over Japan and South Korea.
They formed the musical group “MIXCLA” together with musicians Zahili Gonzalez Zamora and Gerson Lazo and perform pretty regularly, especially within Boston.
In 2015, he performed at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal as a Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project member.
He is currently studying at Berklee College of Music and participating in musical projects other than Latin music such as pop and jazz.
After high school, he attended Berklee College of Music as a scholarship student. He studied theory and interpretation with people like Eguie Castrillo, Tiger Okoshi, Mark Walker, Oscar Stagnaro and Jim Odgren. While at Berklee he performed with artists such as Carlos Vives,Yosvany Terry, Oscar Feldman,Terence Blanchard,Jon Secada, Darren Barrett, Sivamani,Ruben Rada,Totó la Momposina, and Mane De La Parra. He graduated with a degree from Berklee College of Music in 2016.
In 2014 he traveled to Cuba to attend the Fiesta del Tambor Percussion Competition where he received the “Best Foreign Participant Award”. During his time in Cuba he studied with prominent percussionists such as Jose Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Adel Gonzalez, Adonis Panter Calderon, Barbaro Crespo “Machito”, and Osain Del Monte.
At Berklee he performed at international jazz festivals such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival, among others.
The Latin trio “MIXCLA” was nominated for “International Artist of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards in 2018 and 2019.
As well as recorded the sounds of percussion for the soundtrack of “Final Fantasy XV”, which is a video game series that has surpassed 6 million sales worldwide and for the original soundtrack of the anime Dr. Stone.
After moving to New York in 2020, he continues to perform with legendary artists such as Paquito D’ Rivera, and Darren Barrett. Next year, he will perform as an ensemble/dummer in the off-broadway musical “The Visitor” directed by Daniel Sullivan which is a Tony Award winner in 2001.(Last updated Sep, 2020)
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