Drummer and Handpan player / Director
Keisuke Kishi is a drummer and composer currently based in Hawaii and New York City. He was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1988.
Keisuke started to learn drums from 7 years old. He experienced various bands and he met Jazz at 20 years old and he had joined in various jam session. He was influenced by Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey. In 2009, He started Professional work in Osaka, Japan. Afterwards he organized his Jazz Fusion band group for 2012-2017. That his band group had went around in Japan as tour. Also he played Billboard Osaka Japan and Tower Records Japan. He has joined and performed huge Jazz festival of Takatsuki, Osaka each year.
Keisuke is performing worldwide international. In 2016, he learned Gogo traditional Zawose music by Julius Zawose who he is legendary Gogo musician Hukwe Zawose's son. Keisuke performed with Zawose original instruments Ngoma drums and Ilimba in Tanzania, Africa. Also he performed as own live show in Indonesia and Thailand and beyond.
Keisuke contracted with Pearl Musical Instrument Co. He started work as Director, Organizer and Composer since 2017.
In 2019, Keisuke met Handpan Drum from Makai Instruments Hawaii. He influenced beautiful sounds from handpan and he learned by own self. Also in this time, he recorded with Handpan by own album Elsewhere.
Now, Keisuke is performing with Pianist Jun Sugiura as drizzle by duo band also making music as composer in USA. Jazz, Electro, Alternative music etc.. He has performing various style with legendary musicians such as Gerry Eastman, Carlton Holmes, Roy Campbell, Baba Andrew Lamb, Hilliard Greene, Takaaki Otomo and more. He also has organizing own live show and teaching for drummer students.
In March 2021, his new album “Elsewhere” was released.
He recorded in New York with amazing musicians, Ben Paterson, Rod Williams, Nori Naraoka, Jun Sugiura, Msafiri Zawose, Masaharu Shimizu, Calvin Johnson, Eishin Nose.