立石 雷 rai tateishi
Rai Tateishi 立石雷
Shinobue Flute player / TaikoDrummer / Instructor / Event Organizer
Rai Tateishi was born in 1988 in Takashima, Shiga, Japan to a textile artist mother and a ceramic artist father. An exchange year in Mexico during high school left a deep impression on his formative years.
Since his early teens, Rai has enjoyed playing the drums. In 2011, he decided to join the rigorous training program of the internationally renowned professional taiko drum troupe Kodo, where he mastered the art of taiko drumming and of the shinobue Japanese flute, the latter of which he studied under Kodo’s honorary member Motofumi Yamaguchi. As a professional taiko drummer and shinobue player, Rai has toured Japan, Europe and North America. He has performed with Kodo in a large number of productions, including the group’s 2013 show “Amaterasu” which featured Japan’s ‘living national treasure’ Tamasaburō Bandō.
In 2015, Rai left Kodo to team up with his sister Ayane to launch the cultural event-making group Stands. Stands organizes exciting happenings and workshops, which sometimes take place out in the serene Japanese countryside, or even in the traditionally-built house where the siblings grew up. One of Stands’ major events is the music festa “YAMAJAM,” a live music festival organized in the spirit of the matsuri, the traditional Japanese way of celebrating and worshipping life.
Rai also works as a sound coordinator for the 2015 “Blue Green” Outdoor festival hosted in Makino highlands, Takashima. He is expanding his artistic and creative career as well as a community event organizer.