Bang a Drum, Japan Style

Bang a Drum, Japan Style

The contemporary Japanese drumming Taiko Center of the Pacific is holding summer intensives for those who want to expand their musical (and cultural) repertoire. Spend five days with master Taiko drummer Kenny Endo on the slopes of Diamond Head Crater, exploring the concepts of Japanese "ma" (space), "nori" (playing the pocket) and "sozo" (imagination and creativity).

The sessions will take place Monday through Friday, June 8 - 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., and you can join one or all of the classes. Admission to each is $150.

For those with Taiko experience, Endo is also offering his 7th annual Taiko Center of the Pacific Fellowship, which will transport beginner (or intermediate) drummers to another level during year-round classes. Both adults and youth are encouraged to apply for the fellowship; applicants should have a minimum of 3 years experience to be considered for the honor. Application deadline is May 2, 2009.

Finally, a special evening of Taiko-inspired performances entitled "TaikoFest" is taking place on April 25th at the Hawaii Theatre on Bethel Street in Chinatown. Kenny Endo will perform, along with a master drummer from Hachijo Island in Japan, a youth taiko ensemble, and the drum-centric Rhythm Summit Trio. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit for ticketing.

Visit, email or call 808 737-7236 for more information.

"Both adults and youth are encouraged to apply for the fellowship."

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