Oberlin College Taiko proudly presents the Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble 45th-anniversary tour concert: Breaking Through Tradition to Innovation.
Kenny Endo, the first non-national in Japan to achieve the prestigious honor of a natori (stage name), celebrates his 45th year of taiko performing and touring. Kenny Endo stands at the vanguard of the taiko genre, as one of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm in North America and in Japan.
Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble
The Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble performs in Kenny’s unique, versatile and vibrant style. The Ensemble features prominent musicians in contemporary Japanese music with a jazz sensibility, on taiko, flute, vibes, shamisen, and koto, in dynamic original compositions. The Contemporary Ensemble includes 3-5 musicians from Japan and the U.S., featuring the following ensemble members:
- Kenny Endo, taiko, kotsuzumi, percussion
- Kaoru Watanabe, Nohkan, shinobue, otsuzumi, taiko
- Sumie Kaneko, koto, shamisen, vocals
- Abe Lagrimas Jr, ukulele, vibraphone, drums
- Sho’on Shibata, taiko, percussion
Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
This concert is free admission and open to everyone in the College, Conservatory, and community.
Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors at all times.
Oberlin recommends attendance for vaccinated people. Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors at all times. Anyone with symptoms should refrain from attending events. Oberlin policies are subject to change based on evolving public health recommendations.