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Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble

Apr 16, 2016
8 p.m.

6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

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The Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble is a multi-instrumental ensemble featuring master taiko artist, Kenny Endo. The Ensemble performs original works combining taiko with melodic and other instruments such as koto (Japanese zither), shinobue or shakuhachi (bamboo flutes), vibraphones, viola, tsugaru shamisen, saxophone, violin, guitar, and djembe (type of African drum). Featured guest artists have included: Keola Beamer, Kiyohiko Semba, Kaoru Watanabe, Bobby McFerrin, Rene McLean, Noel Okimoto, Brad Dutz, Eitetsu Hayashi, Leonard Eto, Abe Lagrimas, Eien Hunter, Shoko Hikage, Masayo Ishigure, Paul Jackson, Yoshinori Nomi, Hitoshi Hamada, Hideaki Kuribayashi, Hiros Nakagawa, Akikazu Nakamura, Masakazu Yoshizawa, Kazumi Watanabe, Stuart Chafetz, Abhijit Banerjee and others.

Contemporary Ensemble:
Kenny Endo, odaiko, taiko set, percussion
Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese bamboo flutes (nohkan, ryuteki, shinobue), Western flute, taiko
Sumie Kaneko, Japanese koto, shamisen
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa, vibraphones, taiko, percussion
Chizuko Endo, taiko, percussion

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre and Japan Festival Houston

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