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Bellevue World TAIKO Festival on October 6 & 7

Photo Courtesy; John Chisholm

Japan Creative Arts and the School of TAIKO presents the third annual ” Bellevue World TAIKO Festival” which sold out event with gathering audience from all over the US in past events. Audiences can enjoy the fusion of various rhythm of the DRUMS which centered Japanese Taiko Drums.

This year, Kenny Endo is invited as a special guest. Kenny Endo is well known as the leading person of Taiko world in US. He has an honorable achievement, being the first foreigner who became a Natori (stage name and masters license) in hogaku hayashi(classical drumming). Also, he has studied various Taiko Drumming styles from masters and also stayed in Japanfor more than ten years for studying and performing Taiko drums in his younger era.

In addition of the Kenny’s beautiful numbers, the traditional Taiko numbers will performed as collaboration by Kenny and local professional Taiko group CHIKIRI and also Cascades Taiko Drummers ( A group made in commemoration of the eighth anniversary of The School of TAIKO. ) with full of human power & spirits. Furthremore another guest performer Ian Dobson who is famous as Seattle based percussionist will create new passion with Taiko Drummers on the stage.

Audiences are strongly recommended to come to the venue on the time of doors open. The festival will have some lectures including the rare opportunity to learn the “History ofTAIKO in US” which will be lectured by Stan Shikuma who is the leading person of the Northwest area Taiko world more than 35 years and also you will enjoy the unique knoridgement of Kimono by Mariko Kayama, founder of Kimono Art.

Photo Courtesy Tero Patana
Sounds of Taiko
Photo Courtesy Marcia Campbell


Date : Friday, October 6, 2017 & Saturday, October 7, 2017
Place : Carlson Theatre @ Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE   Bellevue, WA 98007

Time schedule 
Friday, October 6, 2017
Open  6:30 pm
Lecture Start  6:55 pm
Concert Start  7:30 pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Open 3:30 pm
Lecture Start   3:55 pm
Concert Start   4:30 pm

Ticket Price
General   $33
Kids & Students  $22
* Kids under 18 years old.  College Students under 24 years old or under ( Required Students ID )

Special guest : Kenny Endo
Ian Dobson
Cascades Taiko Drummers

More information : www.worldtaikofestival.org

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