Kenny Endo

(b.1952) Master drummer, artistic director of the Taiko Center of the Pacific

Internship on a Native American reservation in Arizona Differences between Kinnara and San Francisco Taiko Dojo Being free of the tradition Collaborating with non-taiko groups

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Kenny Endo, internationally renowned master drummer and artistic director of the Taiko Center of the Pacific (Oahu, HI), was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. His earliest musical experiences involved playing western drums and percussion in jazz, fusion, and rock and roll bands. After his introduction to kumidaiko in 1975, he studied and performed with Kinnara Taiko of Los Angeles and San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

In 1980, he traveled to Japan, where he spent ten years studying with masters in Sukeroku, Suwa, Gojinjo, and Chichibu drumming styles. He was the first non-Japanese national to ever receive a 'natori' (stage name) in Hogaku Hayashi (Japanese classical drumming). He continues to teach and perform internationally, working with musicians in various genres. (March 11, 2005)

identity kinnara san francisco taiko dojo taiko

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