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Classical & Contemporary Japanese Drumming
Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii - Manoa Music Dept.
Honolulu, HI
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Classical & Contemporary Japanese Drumming
This special taiko concert in Honolulu features guest artists from Tokyo from both the classical tradition and the contemporary taiko scene. It will be the Hawaii premiere of two pieces by Yuu Ishizuka.  

Concert info:
Friday, August 23, 2013
7:30 pm (approx. 90 minutes)
Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii at Manoa Music Department

Seating is general (unreserved). Doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

Ticket pricing:
$25General Admission
$20Military, Seniors(65+), UH Faculty and Staff, JCCH Members
$15UH Students(w/ID), Youth(17 and under)

Tickets available at:
Taiko Center of the Pacific
One hour before concert at Orvis Auditorium Box Office

More information:
Tel: (808) 737-7236
Web: http://www.kennyendo.com/

Featured artists:

Saburo Mochizuki  (stage name)
Professional percussionist in the Kabuki theatre and original member of Tokyo's famed Sukeroku Taiko group, Saburo Mochizuki was born as Yutaka Ishizuka in 1946 in Tokyo. Saburo Mochizuki is his stage name, or natori, in the hogaku hayashi (classical Japanese music) world. One of the top hogaku musicians in Japan today, he maintains a regular schedule performing in the Kabuki theatre. Before entering the classical Japanese music world, he was the winner of the 3rd annual Yushima Bon Drumming Competition in 1961, demonstrating great technique, persona, and flamboyant style. He is one of four founding members of Sukeroku Taiko, the first professional taiko group in Japan. Named after a Kabuki character who demonstrated the epitome of the Edo spirit, Sukeroku Taiko hoped to project that same spirit and style through their drumming. The Sukeroku style of drumming is one of the first styles of taiko introduced to America in the 1960s. This style of drumming influenced nearly every taiko group in the United States via Seiichi Tanaka of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Local taiko artist Kenny Endo studied with both Tanaka and Mochizuki.

Yuu Ishizuka
Taiko Drum Professional, Taiko Solo Artist
Born in 1979, Yuu Ishizuka is one of the top taiko drum soloists based in Tokyo. From childhood, Yuu learned Nagauta (Japanese long song) music from his father Saburo Mochizuki and the late national living treasure, Bokusei Mochizuki IV, the head of the Mochizuki school of hogaku hayashi (Japanese classical drumming). Yuu learned the Sukeroku style of taiko drumming as a member of "Hatoyama Koin-no-Kai." At age 18, he became a professional performer and instructor of Oedo Sukeroku, one of the top professional taiko groups in Tokyo. Expanding upon his foundation in ensemble drumming, he formed "Shake CHA-z" featuring the bamboo flute, shamisen (3 stringed lute), and taiko. In 2004, the band released their first album "-ikazuchi-".
He also formed "style .com" featuring Taiko synchronized with a music sequencer.
Yuu became an independent solo Taiko artist in 2009 and performs with artists of various genre. He is highly sought after for his unique original and dynamic style of taiko drumming. As a composer, he has written many compositions to much critical acclaim.

Akiko Miura
Professional, Shamisen (Japanese lute) artist
Akiko studied Hanayagi and Kineya shamisen and Hanayagi style Japanese traditional dance.  She also studied the nagauta and kabuki styles of shamisen. In 1997, she was honored with a "natori," stage name and master's license.

Kenny Endo
Taiko  Drum Professional, Taiko Solo Artist
Kenny Endo is one of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm. A composer, performer, and educator, Endo is the vanguard of the taiko genre, continuing to pave new paths in this Japanese style of drumming after thirty-five years as a career taiko player.  With numerous awards and accolades, Kenny Endo is a consummate artist, masterfully blending Japanese taiko with world rhythms, original melodies, and improvisation.
Originally trained as a jazz musician in the Asian American cultural renaissance of 1970s California, Endo began his taiko career first with Los Angeles's groundbreaking Kinnara Taiko, and then with the renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo. In 1980, he embarked on a decade-long odyssey in his ancestral Japan, studying and performing with the masters of ancient classical drumming, traditional Tokyo festival music, and ensemble drumming.  Endo has the honor of being the first non-Japanese national to have received a natori (stage name and masters degree) in hogaku hayashi (Japanese classical drumming).  

In the greater musical world, "Kenny Endo" has become synonymous with "taiko."  He is arguably one of the most versatile musicians in the genre, crossing easily between the classical Japanese style and his own neo-classical, globally-inspired variety.  Among his many distinctions are an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii, an artist residency at the Lincoln Center Institute in New York, his own "Kenny Endo Day" proclaimed by the Mayor of Honolulu, and certificates of honor from the House and Senate of the State of Hawaii and Honolulu City Council.

Endo has recorded six albums of original taiko compositions, and was a featured artist on the PBS special "Spirit of Taiko." He has performed for Michael Jackson and Prince, as well as Princess Diana and Prince Charles.  He opened for The Who, performed a duet with singer Bobby McFerrin, and is featured on the soundtracks for Kayo Hatta's film "Picture Bride" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now."  He was also filmed using motion-capture techniques by James Cameron for the film "Avatar."  Endo's taiko skills have taken him to the Microsoft Global Meeting in Atlanta, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Theatre de Champs-Elysee in Paris, and the Kabuki-za and National Theater in Japan.  He has performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Orquestra Experimental (Sao Paulo).  Endo has traveled across Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, the Caribbean, the former Soviet Union, and the Americas in his effort to share taiko with people around the world.

Endo has received commissions to create and tour new work from the American Composers Forum, the McKnight Foundation, Continental Harmony, The Children's Theater Company, the Rockefeller Foundation (MAPP), the Japan Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Stanford Lively Arts, and the Honolulu Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts.

Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
Contemporary Taiko Ensemble
The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble (KETE) is led by one of the leading innovators of contemporary taiko composition, Kenny Endo.  The ensemble performs a variety of musical forms including kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming), Edo Bayashi (festival music), Edo Kotobuki Jishi (traditional lion dance from Edo), as well as Endo's contemporary styles of combining taiko with musicians of various genre.  Endo often combines vibraphones, koto, woodwinds, and world percussion with the taiko.  The group performs regularly in Hawaii and has also performed in Germany, Japan, and the US mainland.  KETE performed at the first TAIKO JAM in 1997 and has been featured at the Hawaii International Taiko Festivals, Hawaii International Jazz Festival.  KETE does concerts, lecture/demonstrations, and residencies throughout the year.  Members of the group come from all walks of life including careers in: education, technology, politics, architecture, retail, tourist industry, art, and music.  KETE emphasizes musicality, technique, form, creative musical expression, and excellence.


Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii - Manoa Music Dept. (View)
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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