Old Town Arts Festival
Ken Koshio & Kenzoo
$20 adv, $22 door, $25 priority
Joining Ken for this unique evening are:
John Paul Mendes – Taiko Drummer
Dashimesh – Didgeridoo and percussion
Ryon Polequaptewa – Hopi Native flutist, drummer and vocal
Takuro Yamaguchi – Taiko Drummer
Takeru – Taiko Drummer (special guest from Japan)
Joining Ken for this special evening of world music is Kenzoo, which includes: John Paul Mendes - Taiko drummer, Dashimesh - Didgeridoo and percussion, Ryon Polequaptewa - Hopi Native flutist, drums and vocal, Takuro Yamaguchi - Taiko Drummer, and Takeru - Taiko drummer and special guest from Japan.
The theme of the concert is “Celebration of the Earth” where art, culture and music intertwine to celebrate the diversity of cultures across the planet. Since ancient times, Taiko rhythms have been dedicated to setting the “heartbeat” in motion, expressing the melodies and pulse of mother earth.
As director for the event, Ken Koshio’s passion is to create the most rewarding experience possible and to express the importance of our shared origins and our collective attunement with nature.
Ken was born in Japan and has been traveling around the world as a musician and street singer. Currently based in Phoenix, he creates fusion music with Native American artists and has produced a Japanese folk tale musical story: “Sakura no Ne” a collaborative project with the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix.
In addition to his role as a musician, he also acts as an ambassador of Japan, linking his cultural roots to the rest of the world. Since moving to the Southwest, Ken has been working with Native American artists to find common ground and collabortion with their dance, music, drumming and singing. He has toured Japan with several Native American artists to create new exchanges in this global age, acknowledging that music and art are one of the great tools to communicate between people and cultures.
Ken is currently working on a new project “Heartbeats from the Grand Canyon” which has been his dream to bring peace and harmony through music and arts to the world.
Ken is in the Guinness Book of World records for a concert performing in front of 40,000 people in 2013 with more than 500 artists in India. He received the Mayor’s Arts Award in 2015, music category and was a nominee for a Governor’s Arts Award in 2016, Artist Category.
Presently, Ken shares his Japanese spirit of WA taiko at his dojo WAKONKAN and has been producing cultural events as K2Enterprise from 2013.
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