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Archive for February, 2010

The Latest on Kenny Endo

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Kenny Endo is on Big Island today, rehearsing with Miho Morinoue, formerly of Complexions Dance Company of New York, one of the top contemporary dance companies in the US.

We’re all gearing up for Semba, Kaori Takahashi, and Kaoru’s arrivals into Hawaii next week.

Special workshops with Semba and Kaoru are in planning for March 8th and 9th.

Kenny is also working on the finishing touches for his collaborative CD release with arranger/keyboardist Derek Nakamoto, which is scheduled for April 3rd.

Keep checking back for more updates and info!

Special Summer Taiko Intensives 2010 and More

Friday, February 26th, 2010

This summer, Kenny Endo and the Taiko Center of the Pacific offer intensive courses in Taiko drumming IN ADDITION to two 5-week long summer classes (below). The Taiko intensives are for those who want a concentrated study in Taiko. Enrollment is limited. One week only!!
June 14 – June 18, Monday -Friday, click here for more info.

Dates for Summer Sessions:

Summer Session I: June 20 – July 25

Summer Session II: July 27 – Aug 29

See the class information section for more class information and to find out how to register.

Also, TCP is now accepting application for its annual Fellowship program! Don’t miss this great opportunity to study taiko in Hawaii with Kenny Endo and the members of his ensemble. The deadline for the next application period is April 2, 2010.  Go to the fellowship section to download the application.

Let’s Celebrate!

Friday, February 26th, 2010

This year, Kenny Endo celebrates his 35th year of taiko drumming with celebration concerts around the country.

“I have worked with many great artists and musicians, but Kiyohiko Semba is a genius.” — Kenny Endo, of his upcoming collaboration concerts

Don’t miss these amazing performances!

3.6.2010   Kiyohiko Semba – Kenny Endo Collaboration at MACC, Maui (more info here)

3.13.2010  Semba-Endo Collaboration at LCC (Honolulu) (more info here)

More dates:

4.3.2010  Kenny Endo 35th Anniversary Concert with special guests: Kaoru Watanabe, June Kuramoto, Abe Lagrimas, Kinnara Taiko, On Ensemble, and others – LA at JACCC (more info here)

6.11.2010  Kenny Endo 35th Anniversary Concert with special guests: Noel Okimoto, Dean Taba, San Jose Taiko, and others – HI

Fall 2010  Kenny Endo 35th Anniversary Concert and Educational Tour

See Calendar for more details.