Kris is a professional taiko player and teacher in Los Angeles. He began his taiko career as a member, composer, and leader of the university group, Stanford Taiko, then moving to Japan to study and perform traditional dance within the Wakayagi school, kumidaiko with Nihon Taiko Dojo, and nagauta shamisen with Kineya Katsuyukie. Kris is a founding member of the critically-acclaimed taiko group, On Ensemble, and a core teacher of the soon-to-open Los Angeles Taiko Institute. Kris is an advocate for free culture, releasing all of his compositions under a copyleft license. His current work focuses on slant-drum technique and choreography.