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Nationally renowned and critically acclaimed performers Kenny Endo and Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble will headline the entertainment at the 61st annual Satsuki Bazaar & Arts Festival on the weekend of May 22-23.

Kenny Endo Kenny Endo is one of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm. He is the vanguard of the taiko genre, continuing to pave new paths in this Japanese-style drumming after more than 30 years as a taiko player. Endo, a performer, composer and teacher, has been honored with numerous awards and accolades.

  Kenny Endo - taiko set, odaiko, tsuzumi, fue
Abe Lagrimas Jr - vibraphones, drumset, ukulele, taiko
Hafez Modirzadeh - saxophones, flute, nei
Shirley Muramoto - koto, shamisem, vocals

SYTE Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble (SYTE) was founded in 1999 to explore and develop works that incorporate taiko (Japanese drumming) with other types of performance art. Named after one of the most beautiful cherry blossom trees in Japan, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble is inspired to balance the sensitive and elegant aspects of taiko playing with the strong and powerful. SYTE brings a new perspective to the art of taiko by focusing on modern compositions and visual motifs that step outside of the mainstream.

The Hawaiian children's dance group, Hula Ohana Ho'kulani Me Ke Aloha (Our Hula Family Will Dance Under the Stars of Heaven With Love), will also perform. Hula Ohana Ho'kulani Me Ke Aloha holds beginner hula classes at the Montara Bay Community Center in San Pablo. The group participated in the annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the annual premier hula competition held in April in Hilo, Hawaii. more …

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