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Kenny Endo

Instrument/Discipline: Taiko; Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
School (流): Taiko Center of the Pacific (Honolulu, HI)
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Mochizuku-ryū for classical Japanese drumming 
Professional Name (芸名): Tajiro Mochizuki (Japanese classical drumming)

Home Address: 4348 Waialae Avenue #357, Honolulu, HI 96816
Home Phone: 808-737-7236
Cell Phone: 808-772-0277

Employment: Self-employed
Work Address: As above
Work Phone: 808-737-7236
Email 1: info@kennyendo.com
Email 2: taikoarts@gmail.com
Website: www.kennyendo.com

Do you teach? Yes

Do you perform? Yes

Additional information:

Kenny Endo teaches kumi-daiko (ensemble taiko drumming), matsuri bayashi (Japanese festival music), and hōgaku hayashi (Japanese classical drumming). He teaches at Taiko Center of the Pacific, a school of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming, based in Honolulu, HI.  He also does residencies, master classes, workshops, private lessons, etc. In performances, he focuses on contemporary taiko ensemble, combining taiko with vibraphones, bamboo flute, koto, and world percussion. He collaborates with artists and musicians of all genres.

Kenny Endo began training in western percussion at age 9 but has focused on Japanese taiko drumming since 1975. He trained with Kinnara Taiko, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Osuwa Taiko, Mochizuki School of Traditional Japanese Drumming, and Wakayama School of Tokyo Festival Music. He was a professional member of the famed Oedo Sukeroku Taiko of Tokyo in the 1980s, and he was the first non-Japanese national to receive a “natori” (master’s degree and stage name) in hōgaku hayashi (classical Japanese drumming). He holds a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology (Japanese music) from the University of Hawaii. Kenny Endo is one of the foremost names in contemporary taiko drumming.