Kumi Masunaga


Drum-Jam Founder

Principal Facilitator
REMO* endorsed global facilitator

HealthRhythms® trained facilitator
UCLArts & Healing certified Music Medicine facilitator
Village Music Circles global trainer
Village Music Circles certified facilitator

Performing musician

Kumi Masunaga is a performing percussionist, hand drum tutor, founding director and principal facilitator of Drum Jam.  She is a native of Japan and has been based in Hong Kong since 1990.  Motivated by a passion for making people happy through rhythm and a faith in the power of drumming, Kumi has been leading rhythm-based events in Asia for twenty years delivering a wealth of experience and boundless enthusiasm to each programme.  As a percussionist, she recognizes the extraordinary power of the drum as a healing, unifying and motivational tool, which can benefit many people from young to old, from corporate executives to special-needs, cancer survivors and the elderly.  Kumi also performs as a solo artist, as a music director, and works in several performing troupes. Kumi has a perfect-pitch and sees sounds in colors.


‘"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 from 2001 to 2019.

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

  • 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 15 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 dinner gala.

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

  • TEDx Youth with Boomwhackers in 2011.

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

  • Tin Shui Wai community empowerment drum programme.

  • Multi-cultural 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.
  • TEDx HKU presentation in 2014
  • 1,500-person team building for Chanel in 2015.

  • HK Youth Foundation's annual outdoor arts festival since 2008 to present. 

  • Music Medicine facilitator certified by UCLArts & Healing, USA in 2019.

  • Co-facilitated with Arthur Hull a 3-day facilitator training in 2019. 

  • Village Music Circle's global trainer and certified facilitator in 2020. 

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

“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

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The Team

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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