Date/Time: November 19, 2010 @ 08:00 PM
Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania
3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: $20 (Regular Admission); $16 (Shofuso, JASGP, JAGP Member/"Friends" Rate); $14 (Senior/Student Admission -- will check ID at door); $10 (Philly Fun Guide/Funsavers discount)
A world-renowned performer, composer, and teacher of taiko, Kenny Endo is the vanguard of the Japanese taiko drumming genre. Kenny Endo is a consummate artist, blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation.
Kenny Endo has assembled an all-star cast of master musicians to premiere his newest work Gateway ‘Ma’ vs Groove, which will be performed at the Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia.
Joining Kenny for this concert are Hitoshi Hamada (vibraphones, percussion), Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue, Nohkan, flute, taiko), Shoko Matsumoto (koto, dance), Tadayoshi Yasuda (shamisen).
This program is co-presented by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at University of Pennsylvania and Kyo Daiko, a community Taiko group associated with the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount Park and with Settlement Music School. Taiko, literally "fat drum" in Japanese, is the term used to describe various Japanese drumming styles, from ancient to modern times, used in classical music, theater, and the internationally popular kumi daiko (Taiko ensembles).
The “GATEWAY” touring project is supported in part by The Japan Foundation; Tradex, a National Organization for Traditional Artists Exchange; Taiko Arts Center; Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten of Tokyo; American Airlines, and private donors.