Kenny Endo Ensemble: Celebrating 40 Years of Taiko and Cross-Cultural Asian American Arts

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Event Date: 
April 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL

Center for Advanced Study

Kenny Endo
Taiko artist and founder, Kenny Endo Ensemble

Kenny Endo is a leading artist in contemporary percussion and rhythm, who at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continues to pave new paths in this Japanese style drumming even after forty years as a career taiko player. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Endo is a consummate artist, leading an ensemble blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation.

The ensemble features Kenny Endo (taiko) with Abe Lagrimas (vibraphone, drums, 'ukulele) and Sumie Kaneko (koto, shamisen). Largrimas is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who performs with jazz artists Eric Marienthal and James Ingram and Hawaii artists Jake Shimabukuro and Don Tiki. Watanabe is a former artistic director and principal flutist of renowned KODO ensemble.

Presented as part of Boneyard Arts Festival and International Week.

Hosted by:
Global Arts Performance Initiatives
Robert E. Brown Center for World Music

In conjunction with:
Asian American Cultural Center
Asian American Studies
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Department of Dance
Division of Musicology, School of Music
Percussion Division, School of Music
Japan House
Spurlock Museum
With additional support from Bruno and Wanda Nettl

Series support provided by:
Office of the Chancellor
Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
The Center for Advanced Study
George A. Miller Endowment
Ledyard R. Tucker Fund
Peggy Harris Memorial Fund
The Council of Deans
The David Gottlieb Memorial Foundation
The Graduate College

For background information, please consult or 333-6729

Free Admission
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