There are countless virtuoso drumming legends, living and not, who achieve the the technical, and translate the emotional, peaks that most musicians aspire to achieve. Whether it’s natural talent, an obsessive dedication to the craft, or both in equal measure, the greatest drummers have, in a nutshell, a healthy balance between technical chops and a mastery of grooves from the sublime to the booty-shaking. The intent and intensity–implied or overt– are elements that even non-drummers can appreciate on a gut level.
23 year-old Yamaha drums endorser Senri Kawaguchi is already poised to become one of the greats. She started at 5, then studied with drum master Kozo Suganuma at 8. By the time she turned 13, she was listed on Drummerworld‘s Top 500 Drummers list, the youngest one so far, and the second from Japan (the legendary Akira Jimbo is the other).
She has the technical firepower and unerring facility like all the greats before her. And she often breaks into wide smiles–in between complex rolls and funky odd meter navigation–that express: “This is so much fun!” Her chops are disarming enough but the playful spirit she injects into every drum hit and groove is rare. Frankly, when was the last time you saw smiles and serious facility together?
We’ll let you know more about Senri (in case you weren’t aware of her until now) in the coming weeks, but we’ll let you know this much: she will be holding a Lyric/Yamaha drum workshop on February 22, 2020 in Teatrino, Promenade, Greenhills. Check out the video below as she burns–with that joyful spark– with fusion vets Philippe Saisse (keyboards) and Armand Sabal-Lecco (bass) who comprise the Senri Kawaguchi Triangle.