2008 National Conference » Speakers

Kenny Endo

Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble

Kenny Endo is a performer, composer, and leader of contemporary taiko. He has paved new directions in taiko, bringing a creative approach to music through his background in western percussion, world music, and Japanese drumming. His music blends neo-traditional taiko rhythms with original melodies and improvisation. He began his taiko career over 30 years ago as a member of Kinnara Taiko and San Francisco Taiko Dojo. In 1980, Endo embarked on a decade-long odyssey in Japan performing with the masters of Japanese classical drumming, Tokyo festival music, and ensemble drumming. He became the first non-Japanese national to receive a natori (stage name and masters degree) in hogaku hayashi (stage drumming). Endo has performed worldwide and has worked with acclaimed artists of various mediums in innovative collaborations. He has released five CDs and several DVDs. Kenny’s taiko are provided courtesy of Miyamoto Unosuke Company. For more information: www.kennyendo.com

Speaker Events

Friday, July 4

Welcome Program and Special Veterans Panel
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 555, Centennial, Colorado; Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 21, Arvada, Colorado, Honorary Color Guard Escorts
Jennie Chin Hansen, President-Elect, AARP
Kenny Endo, Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
Edward Ichiyama, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Mitchell Maki, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura, Medal of Honor Recipient
Mustang Cadet Squadron, Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, Centennial, Colorado, Presentation of Colors
National Anthem, Elaine and Emily Kazutomi
George Sakato, Medal of Honor Recipient
Kaoru Watanabe, Fue Artist
Time: 12:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity