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Island Breeze Concert
Shingon Shu Temple Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
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Island Breeze Concert
Taiko, Slack Key Guitar, and Shakuhachi Island Breeze is a trio of world class musicians, each masters of their own instruments, who have come together to create some new and inspiring music.

Island Breeze, a trio featuring Endo, Grammy award winning Jeff Peterson (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar) and Riley Lee (shakuhachi) was nominated for Na Hoku Hanohano awards (Hawaiis version of the Grammys) for Album of the Year and Na Pali for Instrumental Song of the Year in 2015. Endo joined forces with front-ranking tabla player Abhijit Banerjee, and five-time Grammy nominee John Santos in recording Uncommon Time: Taiko, Tabla, and Timbales, a CD released in 2016.

Jeff Peterson (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar)
Jeff Peterson, recognized as one of Hawaiis most versatile musicians, is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. He has contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and has been honored with seven Na Hk Hanohano Awards in Hawaii including Best Instrumental Album of the Year in 2017.  His Maui on My Mind CD was recognized as Slack Key Album of the Year in 2010. A recent release features his songwriting, performing, and producing on Amy Hanaiali`i and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii. The groundbreaking recording features a collaboration between Jeff, Amy Hanaiali`i, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim, and Chino Montero. Five of Jeffs songs including Hawaiian Skies were featured in the film "The Descendants" starring George Clooney.

Riley Lee (shakuhachi, taiko)
Riley Lee began playing the shakuhachi in 1971. He is the recipient of two of the oldest and most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komusô, or priests of nothingness of the Edo period in Japan. In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan or Grand Master. In 1973, Riley became the first non-Japanese to play taiko professionally, by touring internationally with Ondekoza (now called Kodo), a troupe of traditional Japanese musicians, performing with such groups as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and at venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Roundhouse Theatre (London), Espace Pierre Cardin (Paris), and the Boston Symphony Hall. He has been instrumental in creating a professional presence of traditional Japanese music in Australia. He helped found the Australian Shakuhachi Society in 1996.  In 1995, he co-founded Australias dynamic Japanese festival drum group, TaikOz. It has since become one of Australias premier performance groups, acclaimed both at home and in Japan. Riley has made over fifty commercially released recordings since 1980.

Kenny Endo (taiko, tsuzumi)
Kenny Endo is a performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades. He is arguably one of the most versatile musicians in the genre, crossing easily between the classical Japanese style and his own neo-traditional, globally-inspired variety. A consummate artist, he blends Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation
Originally trained as a jazz musician in the Asian American cultural renaissance of 1970s California, Endo began his taiko career first with L.A.s groundbreaking Kinnara Taiko, then with the renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo, the first kumi daiko (ensemble drumming) group outside of Japan. In 1980, he embarked on a decade-long odyssey in his ancestral Japan, studying and performing with the masters of classical drumming, traditional Tokyo festival music, and ensemble drumming. Endo has the honor of being the first non-Japanese national to have received a natori (stage name and masters license) in hogaku hayashi(classical drumming). In the hogaku world, Endo is known as Mochizuki Tajiro.
Endo has performed to critical acclaim with Tsugaru shamisen artist Hiromitsu Agatsuma in New York and Honolulu, and served as an ambassador of Japanese culture and the arts via Japan Foundation sponsored goodwill concerts and workshops in Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. He also collaborated with professional Kabuki musician Saburo Mochizuki and Tokyo taiko soloist Yuu Ishizuka in Honolulus Classical and Contemporary Taiko Drumming concert. Endo was a featured artist in Japans Nihon no Taiko concert in Tokyo, the first time foreigners ever headlined the prestigious concert.  Comfortable collaborating with artists of all genre, Endo continues to tread new ground for this ancient instrument, inspiring all with his creativity, technique, and infectious groove.
Endo has recorded numerous CDs of original taiko compositions, and was a featured artist on the PBS special Spirit of Taiko. He has performed for musicians Michael Jackson, Prince, as well as Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.  He opened for The Who, performed a duet with singer Bobby McFerrin, and is featured on the soundtracks for Kayo Hattas film Picture Bride, Francis Ford Coppolas Apocalypse Now, recorded in motion capture suit for James Camerons Avatar, as well as numerous TV commercials. Endos taiko skills have taken him to the Microsoft Global Meeting in Atlanta, the Smithsonian, the National Museum of American History, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center in NYC, the Theatre de Champs-Elysee in Paris, the Kabukiza, and the Japan National Theater. He has performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Stanford Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, and the Brazilian Orquestra Experimental.  He has traveled across Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, the former Soviet Union, Australia, and the Americas in his effort to share taiko with the world.
Endo has received commissions to create and tour new work from the American Composers Forum, the McKnight Foundation, Continental Harmony, The Childrens Theater Company, the Rockefeller Foundation (MAPP), the Japan Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Stanford Lively Arts, and the Honolulu Mayors Office of Culture and the Arts.



A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $23. Box Office on-site opens at 6:00pm and doors open at 6:30pm.


Shingon Shu Temple Hawaii (View)
915 Sheridan Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
United States


Music > World

Minimum Age: 4
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Taiko Center
On BPT Since: May 03, 2017
Chizuko Endo

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