Summer Taiko Intensive

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Taiko Center of the Pacific (TCP), a school of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming established in 1994 by Kenny and Chizuko Endo, announces its annual Summer Taiko Intensives scheduled for August 13-17 in Honolulu, Hawaii. For persons interested in short term intensive study in taiko drumming, this is an ideal situation to learn from the masters and enjoy some fun in the sun and surf!

This year, a special guest instructor from the renowned Taikoz group in Australia, will teach a course on "Chichibu Yatai Bayashi." This style of drumming comes from the Chichibu region in Saitama prefecture, Japan. The music hails from the annual Japanese "Chichibu Yo-Matsuri" festival which features giant floats that are hauled into an arena by many supporters. The taiko is traditionally played inside the float and not visible to the festival-goers but the music was arranged for stage performance by Ondekoza, the predecessor to the world famous Kodo taiko group. Perhaps the first Asian American professional taiko drummer, Riley Lee, formerly of Ondekoza and currently with Taikoz, will be making his way to Honolulu to instruct the course.

World-class taiko artist Kenny Endo will be teaching "Solid Shime Daiko Drumming," featuring rhythms and technique found In Edo Matsuri Bayashi, the festival music of old Tokyo. The techniques learned in this class can be applied to all types of taiko drumming. Endo is at the vanguard of contemporary taiko drumming but was first non-Japanese national to be honored with a natori (stage name and master's license) in classical Japanese drumming. He is sought after by universities and taiko groups around the country for intense instruction.

A special treat this year will be a Hawaiian slack key guitar class offered by Grammy award winner, Jeff Peterson. The slack key guitar course will introduce students to tunings, chord fingerings, accompaniment patterns, and solo arrangements of popular Hawaiian songs.

Some basic knowledge of the guitar is recommended but not required to take the class.

Each intensive course will meet daily from Monday-Friday, August 13-17 and the cost is $135 for youth to age 17, and $150 for adults ages 18+.

Low-cost temporary housing may be available for Out-of-Town participants. If interested, please mention so at the time of registration.

For registration, contact: 808-737-7236 or email.

The week-long intensive courses will conclude with a concert featuring the three master instructors at 4 pm, Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the University of Hawaii's Orvis Auditorium.

"Summer Breeze"

A Concert


Jeff Peterson (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar)

Kenny Endo (taiko)

Riley Lee (shakuhachi)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

4 pm

Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii campus

Tickets: $15 (General Admission); $12 (youth to age 17; UH students; seniors 62+)

Presented by

Tradex, A National Organization for Traditional Artists Exchange

Taiko Center of the Pacific

UH Music at Manoa

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Slack Key Guitar Meets Taiko and Shakuhachi