Aki Takahashi (aka. ten ten) is a Japanese traditional shamisen player and folk singer. She studied traditional folk music in Kyoto, and has given shamisen and vocal performances at numerous venues and events. Since arriving in Canada, Aki has furthered her pursuit of traditional Japanese music with the addition of taiko drumming. Now Associate Artistic Director with pre-eminent Canadian taiko drumming group Nagata Shachu. She is also the founder of the Japanese Folk ensemble “ten ten” and has performed with numerous artists from a variety of other cultural backgrounds and traditions. Aki creates her own original compositions.