Drumset

“Eien is an incredibly accomplished taiko, fue, drum kit and vibraphone player. His meticulous attention to detail and great artistic sense makes him an ideal collaborator. He has brought a lot to On Ensemble and I highly recommend him as a collaborator and teacher.”
- Shoji Kameda, On Ensemble

Bachelor of Music Education, Central Michigan University
Master of Music Performance, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Eien Hunter-Ishikawa has worked as a drumset player for well over 20 years. He has performed in a wide variety of settings including:

Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble
Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
On Ensemble
Kow Kanda African Band
Still Creek (rock, reggae, folk)
Noel Okimoto Latin Jazz Band
small group jazz
big band jazz

Equally comfortable reading charts and improvising, Eien’s professionalism and ability to quickly learn new material has made him an in-demand musician. He has extensive experience playing jazz, Latin, rock, odd meter, covers, and original music. Eien has performed at Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Honolulu International Jazz Festival, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival. He is an active instructor, teaching workshops and private lessons to students of all ages and levels.