2016 / Zen temple’s taiko concert to feature New York-based renowned shakuhachi player on June 4

Zenshuji Saiten concert June 4, 2016

Zenshuji Soto Mission and Zendeko taiko group present a one-time concert in Los Angeles with the theme of “Saiten: Celebrations” featuring shakuhatsu master Marco Lienhard, koto master Yuki Yasuda, and the Zendeko members who studied under Japan’s first professional taiko ensemble.

This memorable concert will include the soulful sound of the shakuhachi and the koto and the thunderous and energizing sounds of the taiko.

The Zen temple is the perfect setting for music that transcends borders and unites people.

When: Saturday, June 4th at 3:30 pm

Where: Zenshuji Soto Mission, 123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets: $25 Adults (Zenshuji Members $20), Children under $12 free.

For tickets online go to Taikoza.com or for info, call (626) 617-8355.

Zendeko and East Winds Ensemble (Koto & Shakuhachi)

Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.

Hear the 150 lb. Taiko drum; give thunderous voice to traditional and new compositions. Members have appeared in movies, seen on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, etc. and the music is featured on Nintendo’s wii game: Red Steel. www.taikoza.com.

Marco Lienhard is the founder of Taikoza in New Yrok. Leinhard studied the shakuhachi under Master Katsuya Yokoyama, and mastered taiko drumming as a member of Ondekoza from 1981 – 1994 in Japan. Ondekoza was Japan’s first professional taiko ensemble. Leinhard has performed more than 3000 concerts in the world.

Japanese native Yuki Yasuda mastered koto music under renowned koto instructor Tadao and Kazue Sawai at the Takasaki Junior Arts College and Sawai Koto Institute. Yasuda also graduated from NHK School for Performers of Traditional Japanese Instruments.  Yasuda often performs with contemporary musicians. After five years in the East Coast, Yasuda relocated to Los Angeles in 2014.

Zendeko taiko group was originally formed in 1986 as part of the Sunday school program at Zenshuji Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. Macco Hernandez, Doug Seki and Vivian Seki are original Zendeko members who were trained under the instruction of Japan’s Ondekoza.