Trained in multiple aspects of rhythm, ranging from classical, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian to West African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Indian, percussionist Taku Hirano, while touring with the Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson: The Immortal world tour, is utilizing his down time to host drum clinics throughout Europe.
Traveling with a complete AKG microphone set, Hirano also relies on the functionality and clarity of AKG while teaching the fundamentals of his art.
In addition to his current world touring schedule with the MJ Immortal tour, the award-winning Hirano has played with musical legends on tour and in the studio, including Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, Lindsey Buckingham, Lionel Richie, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Usher, Jay-Z, LeAnn Rimes and Shakira, among multiple other world-renowned acts.
During his clinics, Hirano’s percussion set is mic’d with two C214’s for overhead capture, a P2 for the Cajon, one P17 for the artist’s signature “Handbale” – the timbale played only by hand, one P3 on a stand for speaking during the clinics, a P4 for the Bongos, and C518M’s clipped on his congas.
During live performances on tour and in the studio, Hirano also utilizes the classic C414 for overheads.
“I’ve been part of clinics in the past where a lot of time, the artist or performer is subject to use whatever equipment the backline companies provide,” Hirano states. “My AKG mics came straight out of the box and provide a pristine sound.
“With AKG, my sound actually gets better as I’m able to hear every nuance I play. The gear is working out great as I continue to delve further into playing for the students and prospective percussionists.”
Hirano’s clinics will take place in every major European city the Immortal Tour lands, including London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Prague and Barcelona.