See us play


Korabo performs at commercial and community events of all kinds. From concerts to fundraisers to corporate events, taiko can be an attention-grabbing and fun way to enhance an event. Our captivating performers bring an electric energy to each event.

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Taiko Classes

Come and join us for classes! Or if you’d just like to drop by to see what Korabo is all about, you’re more than welcome to just sit in on a practice. Email us or visit our classes page for more information.


Tamonten is the Buddhist God of the North, sometimes known as the God of War. The song tells the story of a small village that fights back against the kingdom based in feudal Japan. It contains warriors, ninjas, archers, and the masterless samurai known as “ronin”. Tamonten is written by Gene Sugano.

Yatai Bayashi

Yatai Bayashi was inspired by the “cart festival” held in Chichibu, Japan where performers played taiko on a small cart. The song was made popular by Kodo and Ondekoza and now performers can be seen in the seated position and using a lot of abdominal strength.


Odaiko is written by Korabo’s David Cheetham. Odaiko means “very big drum.” The song features two soloists, Gene Sugano and David Cheetham on odaiko.


Korekara is written by Michelle Fujii and Walter Clarke. In Japanese, Korekara means “from this point on” and this song was generously given to the taiko community as a gift.

Our Projects

The Lab

We Make Our Own Stuff

We make most of our own instruments and equipment, like steel jigs, giant lathes, and composite staves. Check out our Lab posts to find out what we’ve been up to.


We also take commissions on all kinds of weird projects. Email us at if you have a project you’d like us to tackle.

Korabo Taiko

About Us

COVID-19 Response

Korabo Taiko takes the health and safety of our volunteers and students seriously. With the spread of the coronavirus or “COVID-19,” a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we must remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak. In order to be safe and maintain operations, a COVID-19 response plan has been developed and implemented. If you would like to view a copy of our response plan, please email us directly at
Will will be resuming classes Sunday, July 5th on a modified schedule. If you would like to attend our classes, please contact us via email so that we may send you a copy of our safety protocols and schedule.



Korabo is a Las Vegas taiko ensemble committed to learning and sharing the traditional Japanese art form of taiko. Korabo began with the goal in mind to celebrate the spirit of taiko through collaborative projects in modern channels of art and entertainment.


The Japanese word korabo means collaboration. If you dissect the word into two parts – 鼓 (ko) and ラボ (rabo) — it also means “beat lab.” Korabo works experimentally and progressively in taiko and other forms of music, while emphasizing teamwork and camaraderie. Members of Korabo have handcrafted each of the drums they use.

Korabo was founded by David Cheetham, Matthew Chun, Kana Hironaka, Jen Kong, Gene Sugano, and Kathy Thomas.

For more information on taiko, please visit Taiko Source or check out our resources page.


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Korabo is available for your community, private, or corporate event.
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