Los Angeles — Legendary Taiko Artist Kenny Endo celebrates 35 years of artistry with a star-studded cast of drummers and musicians “In Concert” on Saturday, April 3 at 8 pm at the Japan America Theatre in downtown Little Tokyo.
At the forefront of the taiko movement for the past three decades, Endo is most notably the first foreigner to receive a natori (stage name and master’s license) in classical Japanese drumming.
With a background in jazz drumming and world music, Endo spent 10 years in Japan studying and performing kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming), Edo bayashi (festival music of Edo), and hogaku hayashi (Japanese classical drumming) giving him a broad pallette to draw from.
A consummate artist, Endo blends Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation.
This weekend’s concert also features Kaoru Watanabe, former principal flutist with the world renowned KODO; shining star of the Grammy award nominee Hiroshima band, kotoist (Japanese harp) June Kuramoto; virtuoso percussionist and vibraphonist Abe Lagrimas Jr; Chinese pipa player Wu Man; noted composer/arranger key boardist Derek Nakamoto; vocalist Atomic Nancy; On Ensemble; and Kinnara Taiko.
Kenny Endo & Friends – Celebrating 35 years of artistry!
8 pm, Saturday, April 3, 2010
Aratani/Japan America Theatre
$35 orchestra, $30 balcony
$32.50, $27.50 Groups 10+
$30, $25 JACCC Members
Tickets may be purchased online: www.jaccc.org
or through the Aratani/Japan America Theatre Box Office, (213) 680-3700