Percussion is a musical instrument you find everywhere in the world, accessible for all to enjoy playing.
Funcussion is a percussion based group that lights up audiences with their unique productions, vibrant musical expression, while using the most sophisticated techniques in percussion.
They maintain a widely varied repertoire in all genres.
"From classical to hip-hop, jazz to rock, our powerful shows will take you to a place no other percussion ensemble can".
Funcussion is a unique and entertaining experience.
Funcussion has performed to sold out audiences since their debut. With a heavy growth of hardcore repeaters and vastly growing numbers of fans all over Japan, they have slowly expanded to introduce themselves on the world circuit. Videos of Ken Sato's Funcussion have been receiving enthusiastic acclaim from viewers around the globe.
Appeared on TV. Nippon Television Network "Sekai-ichi-no-ShowTime".
Seoul Drum Festival 2010
Awarding Ceremony for TOYOTA dealers sales and marketing
Opening event for Yamaha Ginza shop
All TOYOTA BIG HOLIDAY
Initiation Ceremony for McDonald's Japan Co, Ltd.
Volunteer performances for: schools for handicapped children, nursing homes, care houses, and many more.
Funcussion will provide any type of settings, from a simple marimba duo to a full band with brass. We'll suite you with any styles of music you desire, from classical to jazz, pop to sound tracks, rock to world music, etc.
Drum ensemble style performances are also tailored to your taste. Offering everything from the energetic Brazilian style of Batucada, to booming marching bands, or even the precision of drum corps.
"Our repertoire is all inclusive."
KEN SATO (KEN SATO website)
Supporting artist for YAMAHA Corp./ Zildjian
Founder/Director of Funcussion
Principal of studio BEATec (a general music school)
Owner of BEATec Co., Ltd. (a music management company)
Graduated from Osaka Kyoiku University (Bachelor of Music Education) and Berklee College of Music.
Studied under Toru Kitano and Dean Anderson (Boston Pops Orchestra) for percussion, Mutsuko Taneya for marimba, and John Ramsey for drum set.
Played drums and percussion for the Takarazuka Revue Company Orchestra.
Studied as a scholarship student at Berklee College of Music by recommendation of world renowned jazz vibraphonist, Gary Burton.
Was a member of The Berklee Percussion Ensemble.
Performed with Gary Burton, Peter Erskine (Ds), Dave Samuels (vibes, marimba), Vince Mendoza (arrangement and composition) etc.
Returned to Japan in 1989.
Teaches computer music at Japan Electronics College and Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics.
Worked side-by-side as a translator for such drum greats as Elvin Jones, Steve Jordan, Charley Drayton, Jerry Brown, Terri Lynn Carrington, Peter Erskine, Tommy Aldridge, David Garibaldi, Steve Houghton and many other artists for Yamaha sponsored Drum Clinics.