Drummer Taku Hirano Relies On HARMAN's AKG For European Percussion Clinics

akg-taku.jpgVIENNA, Austria – Trained in multiple aspects of rhythm, ranging from classical, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian to West African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Indian, percussionist Taku Hirano, while touring with the internationally acclaimed Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour, is utilizing his down time to host drum clinics throughout Europe. Traveling with a complete HARMAN AKG microphone set, Hirano relies on the functionality and clarity of AKG to provide first-class instruction and an unforgettable experience, while teaching the fundamentals of his art.

In addition to his current world touring schedule with the MJ Immortal tour, the award-winning Hirano has played with musical legends on tour and in the studio, including Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, Lindsey Buckingham, Lionel Richie, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Usher, Jay-Z, LeAnn Rimes and Shakira, among multiple other world-renowned acts.

During his clinics, Hirano's percussion set is mic'd with two C214's for overhead capture, a P2 for the Cajon, one P17 for the artist's signature ‘Handbale” – the timbale played only by hand, one P3 on a stand for speaking during the clinics, a P4 for the Bongos, and C518M's clipped on his congas.

During live performances on tour and in the studio, Hirano also utilizes the classic C414 for overheads.

“I've been part of clinics in the past where a lot of time, the artist or performer is subject to use whatever equipment the backline companies provide,” said the percussionist. “My AKG mics came straight out of the box and provide a pristine sound. With AKG, my sound actually gets better as I'm able to hear every nuance I play. The gear is working out great as I continue to delve further into playing for the students and prospective percussionists.”

Hirano's clinics will take place in every major European city the Immortal Tour lands, including London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Prague and Barcelona.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information about Taku Hirano, please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taku-Hirano/137428229609597

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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