Kenny Endo Taiko
Kenny Endo solo performances include both original and traditional work featuring odaiko (large drum), taiko set (combination of various sized drums), kotsuzumi (hand drum from Kabuki theater), and fue (bamboo flute).
Endo has performed as soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to mention a few. Endo has collaborated with musicians and artists of all genre.
As a jazz percussionist and early innovator in Japanese taiko, Kenny Endo's adventurous spirit stretches the taiko genre incorporating influences like funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban & Hawaiian, with roots firmly grounded in tadition. His performances are nuanced, brilliant, and exciting!