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Master Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo, celebrates a milestone 40th year at Hawaii Theatre

“TEN TEN” Taiko Artist Kenny Endo’s 40th year Anniversary Celebration Concert

Master Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo, celebrates a milestone 40th year of taiko drumming with a Special Concert at the historic Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel Street in downtown Honolulu on Saturday, October 10 , 2015 at 7:00 pm. 

Kenny Endo with Tsugaru shamisen (percussive style of Japanese banjo-like lute from northern Japan) wizard Hiromitsu Agatsuma from Tokyo; vibraphone virtuoso Hitoshi Hamada from Tokyo; former principal bamboo flutist of the world famous Kodo, Kaoru Watanabe from New York; Grammy award winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Jeff Peterson; and world-class musicians Rhythm Summit (Noel Okimoto, Dean Taba, and Endo); saxophone & flute artist Todd Yukumoto; Chinese GuZheng artist Yi Chieh Lai, The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, the Taiko Center of the Pacific Youth Group, and more.

Joining Endo on stage in the Honolulu concert is top-ranking Tsugaru shamisen artist Hiromitsu Agatsuma from Tokyo. At age 14, Agatsuma was named Top Artist in the All-Japan Tsugaru Jamisen Competition. He subsequently went on to earn top honors in the prestigious National Competitions. What sets Agatsuma apart from his contemporaries is his versatility to collaborate with all genre of artists. Agatsuma performs with Kabuki and Noh theatre artists, rock, jazz, and more. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015     7:00 pm

Hawaii Theatre

1130 Bethel Street in Downtown Honolulu

     Featuring Kenny Endo & Friends

     Hiromitsu Agatsuma, Tsugaru Shamisen wizard from Tokyo

     Hitoshi Hamada, Vibraphone Artist from Tokyo

     Kaoru Watanabe, Transverse Bamboo Flutist from New York

     Jeff Peterson, Grammy award winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist

     Rhythm Summit (Kenny Endo, Noel Okimoto, Dean Taba)

     Todd Yukumoto, Saxophone, Flute

     Yi Chieh Lai, GuZheng (Chinese Zither)

     Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble

     Taiko Center of the Pacific Youth Group

Tickets ($20-$60) ON SALE NOW at Hawaii Theatre Box Office, 808- 528-0506; www.hawaiitheatre.com

Sponsored in part by Taiko Arts Center, Mayor’s Office on Culture and the Arts, Island Insurance Hawaii, Hyatt Regency

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