Kumi Masunaga


Drum-Jam Founder

Master Facilitator
REMO* endorsed global facilitator

HealthRhythms® trained facilitator

Performing musician

Kumi Masunaga is a professional percussionist, hand drum tutor, founding director and master facilitator of Drum Jam.  As a native of Japan, Kumi has been leading drum circles in Hong Kong and Asia for seventeen years delivering a wealth of experience and boundless enthusiasm to each programme.  Kumi also performs as a solo artist, as a music director, and works in several performing troupes.


‘"Masunaga is the living embodiment of infectious enthusiasm." -- South China Morning Post

Kumi’s achievements include:

  • Remo*-endorsed global drum circle facilitator since 2001.

  • Monthly community drum jam at HK Cultural Centre since 2001 to the present.

  • Monthly community drum jam at HK Fringe Club from 2002 to 2015.

  • RTHK documentary “Arts on the Street” about Kumi’s travels in Africa which received a Silver Award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2003.

  • Group Leader of the 11,000 Drummers Guinness World Book of Record Performance in 2006.

  • Remo HealthRhythms™ trained facilitator since 2007.

  • Worked with special-needs population for over 10 years.

  • Yamaha drum train-the-trainer facilitator in Japan for over 100 enthusiasts in 2008
  • 800 people corporate team building in Malaysia in 2010

  • Tribal drum and dance performance with interactive percussion at Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots charity fundraiser gala. 

  • Post tsunami “Drum About” community uplifting Japan tour in 2011.

  • TEDx Youth HK presentation in 2011.

  • English School Foundation (ESF) train-the-teacher programme in 2011.

  • Tin Shui Wai community empowerment drum programme in 2011.

  • Opening performance at Asia Society’s opening ceremony in 2012.

  • Drum performance and 1,000 people interactive percussion at HK City Hall in 2013.
  • "Drum For Peace" annual event for the U.N. International Peace Day since 2013 to the present.
  • TEDx HKU presentation in 2014
  • 1,500-person team building for Chanel in 2015.

“Kumi is a great representation of someone taking the facilitated drum circle concept into a county and culture and with patience and perseverance created a recreational drumming movement and drumming community.” – Arthur Hull, Village Music Circles, author of Drum Circle Spirit: Facilitating Human Potential Through Rhythm and others

“Kumi is a shining example of the work of the drum in the world” – Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles

* Kumi is an endorser of Remo, the world’s leading drum and percussion instrument manufacturer in U.S.A. since 2001.  www.remo.com

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All Drum Jam facilitators are genuinely gifted performers and inspirational motivators.  Drum Jam facilitators use their musical prowess to transform the simple rhythm harmonies created by people who have never touched a musical instrument, into an invigorating, harmonic composition.

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