Help bring taiko artist Kenny Endo to Oberlin!

by Oberlin College Taiko

Impact Area: Music, Other

Campus Area: Student Life, Other


Funding for this Project ended on 2015-11-01

$3,000

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How will your project impact Oberlin?

By bringing world-renowned taiko artist, Kenny Endo, to Oberlin for a performance in April 2016, we will honor APID Heritage Month, increase the local awareness of this popular global art form, and provide the public with the opportunity to experience something amazing and powerful. The visit will feature four additional performers, a lecture and taiko workshop.

Though taiko is still not well known in the Midwest, it has extended its appeal well beyond its Japanese roots with groups located everywhere from Canada and the Czech Republic to Argentina and Australia. Oberlin College Taiko was established in 2008 and since then has expanded from six members to 14. We have played at the Knowlton Athletics Complex Opening/Homecoming Halftime Show, the Culture Festival, the Big Parade, and Commencement Weekend, as well as many venues from Chicago to New York.

As taiko grows, we have had the privilege of performing at the East Coast Taiko Conference hosting hundreds of taiko players, with workshops led by world-renowned taiko masters such as Kenny Endo. Not only did he perform in Finney Chapel in 2010, but we have also had three different groups (2010, 2013, 2015) travel to Honolulu to his Taiko Center of the Pacific to study for winter term.

In the greater musical world, there is no name more synonymous with taiko than Kenny Endo. To recognize all he has done for the art form and for OCTaiko in particular, we wish to honor and maintain this relationship that past members have built over time. It is through this rare opportunity to bring Kenny Endo as part of his 40th Anniversary taiko tour that we can attempt to give back to our community and put Oberlin on the map as a touring destination for taiko artists.

Image Source: kennyendo.com


More about Kenny Endo

“In the greater musical world, “Kenny Endo” has become synonymous with 'taiko'... 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, and then with the renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo, the first kumi daiko group outside of Japan. In 1980, he embarked on a decade-long odyssey in his ancestral Japan, studying and performing with the masters of ancient 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 degree) in hogaku hayashi (classical drumming). In the hogaku world, Endo is known as Mochizuki Tajiro… Among his many distinctions are an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, an artist residency at the Lincoln Center Institute in New York, his own 'Kenny Endo Day' proclaimed by the Mayor of Honolulu, and certificates of honor from the Hawaii State House of Representatives, State Senate, and the Honolulu City Council."

To learn more, please visit: http://www.kennyendo.com/about

More about OCTaiko

Oberlin College Taiko was established in 2008 and since then has expanded from six members to fourteen members - its biggest size to date. For many students and Oberlin town members alike, OCTaiko is their first exposure to taiko, and our ExCo the first opportunity to play taiko. Because our group is very limited in resources, we cannot accept everyone who applies to the ExCo or the performance group; from the 100 applicants for the ExCo we can only accept 30, and from the 10 who usually apply to OCTaiko, we can only accept 3-5 depending on the semester. Due to our size limitations, we have only 26 past members, though many have continued to play post-Oberlin by auditioning into professional groups such as Soh Daiko in NYC – the first group to be established on the East Coast, or by founding their own groups. What OCTaiko is able to do by instilling passion for the art into our members would not be possible without the support we have received from both the college and community. 

For more information, please visit: OCTaiko Facebook

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    Leah Aki Wood

    OCTaiko Co-Chair

    I am a 4th year Cinema Studies and East Asian Studies double major. Being a part of OCTaiko has been transformative during the past three years -- it is something I've kind of fallen in love with, I think. I grew up in Oberlin, so this town is really important to me, and I hope that taiko continues to thrive here for years to come!

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    Miles Ginoza

    Member of OCTaiko

    Miles is a current third year at Oberlin College. He is studying English and Comparative American Studies. Apart from studying, Miles enjoys playing taiko, DJ'ing a radio show on Oberlin's WOBC Radio Station, and connecting with fellow Asian Americans in the Asian American Alliance on issues of student activism and community building. He is a huge fan of Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific.

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    Will Halimou

    OCTaiko Co-Chair

    I've been part of OCTaiko for almost three years and in this time have grown to appreciate and love the art-form. As a musician and composer I greatly admire the innovations and novel compositional technique that Kenny Endo has brought to taiko. In addition, Kenny brings an open-mindedness to taiko that is inclusive of everyone.

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    Matt Blankinship

    Member of OCTaiko

    Matt is one of the newest members of OCTaiko. Favorite pastimes include consuming absurd amounts of food and annoying his friends with bad puns. His favorite part of taiko is the amazing amount of energy he gets from playing. His least favorite part of taiko is the amazing amount of energy he gets from playing...late at night. Matt should sleep more. An original Blankinship haiku: Matthew Blankinship----Came in like a wrecking ball----From California

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    Jason Ihm

    OCTaiko Co-Chair

    Jason is a 4th year East Asian Studies major with a Computer Science minor. His past musical experience as a cellist and traditional Korean drumming (pungmul) has fostered a tremendous appreciation and love for the intense energy and unity brought through taiko. Jason views Kenny Endo as an incredible inspiration and hopes that the taiko community in Oberlin will continue to develop.

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    Justin Kang

    OCTaiko Graduate Member

    While I was not involved in Oberlin College Taiko until my senior year in college, I wholeheartedly wish that I had found it earlier. Although I have only one years worth of experience playing taiko, it has been positively transformative and my appreciation of the art and rich history of taiko has not stopped growing. I look forward to the years ahead with taiko, and appreciate your interest in supporting our group!

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    Zoii Barnes

    OCTaiko Treasurer

    I am a third year neuroscience major at Oberlin College. This is my second semester with Oberlin College Taiko. Since joining I have learned so much about the art form, its origin and its significance. Taiko has become an important part of my life. Playing taiko gives me so much energy and I hope to share this energy and the knowledge I have gained with others.

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    Holly Hoang

    Member of OCTaiko

    Holly is a third year History major at Oberlin College and one of the newest members of OCTaiko this year. In her short time of playing taiko, she has grown to love the art form and the energy and community it brings to her life—unlike anything she’d experience before as a classical bassoonist. Her favorite days start with getting up with the sun and end with sweaty, late-night rehearsals with some of her favorite people. When she’s not playing taiko, you’ll most likely find her wishing she was, while sadly kuchishoga-ing to herself in a library.

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    Jun Takaki Dinyarian

    Member of OCTaiko

    I joined Oberlin College Taiko because Taiko focuses on aspects of inner strength and balance. I enjoy the performance of Taiko, and also feel closely connected to this art form through my Japanese heritage. I hope that Taiko will inspire people to work together, and to find the inherent strength that is within each of us.

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    Izzy Esler

    OCTaiko Graduate Member

    I joined OCT as a sophomore, and it has consistently been one of the most positive, invigorating parts of my life ever since. Though I graduated from Oberlin in May with a major in Politics, I am living and working in town for another year - and the opportunity to keep playing with OCT was one of the biggest motivators to stay around! As one of the senior-most members, I have seen the group evolve, and am very excited for its future. I believe that the privilege of bringing Kenny Endo to our campus would be hugely beneficial to the group to reinforce our connection to the broader taiko community, so that we can continue to bring taiko’s special energy back to Oberlin - and it would be an incredible chance for people in the Midwest to experience one of the greatest examples of the art form!

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    Jenny Pham

    Member of OCTaiko

    My name is Jenny Pham. I am a second year at Oberlin College. I am a new member of Oberlin College Taiko and it's one of the most amazing things I could have ever been a part of. Ever since I first found out about Taiko, I knew right from the start that I wanted to do it. And now that I'm doing it, it feels unbelievable.

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    Tori Willbanks-Roos

    Member of OCTaiko

    Tori is a current third year history major, international studies concentration, and EAS minor. She has been a part of OCT for almost a year, and an intern for the Genki Spark taiko group this past summer. Any misspellings or mispronunciations of her name that you can think of, she has probably heard. She has a deep love for cornbread, and incorporates her passion for its moist and fluffy delicacy into her emotional taiko playing. She also loves cheese which is probably why she is so cheesy. On a more serious note, taiko has been a very important part of healing and finding and sharing her voice, and can't wait to share that with the rest of the Oberlin community by bringing Kenny Endo this spring!

$ 30

Gena Reynolds

$ 30

William P Gruber

Hey guys, Billy here (past Kaze member at BGSU) can't wait for the concert!

$ 50

John Cooper-Martin

From John & Elizabeth Cooper-Martin: We are pleased to help fund this worthy endeavor

$ 5

Audrey Knox

So excited for you guys! This is going to be amazing. <3

$ 30

Shelley Janine Paver

Gambatte!

$ 50

Robin D Cotton

$ 50

Ai Sukegawa

$ 100

Ikuko Kurasawa

Hi OCT!!!! I hope that you can bring Kenny-sensei! Ganbatte!!!!

$ 50

Edward J. Wardwell

Glad to help.

$ 250

Paul L Liem

Hey Miles. Kudos for bringing Taiko to the midwest. Have a great program. -Paul and Deann

$ 50

Anonymous

$ 50

Sachiko Kondo

$ 50

Elizabeth Burgess

$ 25

Linda A Twining

$ 30

Margaret B Burger

$ 100

Henry Watanabe

$ 50

Catherine Yang

$ 10

Chie Sakakibara

$ 25

Linda K Grashoff

$ 100

Dale Preston

OCT brings so much to Oberlin! Thank you!

$ 500

Donn Ginoza

$ 25

Anonymous

$ 10

Anonymous

Go Oberlin Taiko!

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Michael A Reynolds

Thanks for all of your hard work and great performances.

$ 30

Mary Anne Cunningham

$ 100

Aiko Ebihara

$ 50

Vida Marie Sullivan

$ 50

Jiyul Kim

Jiyul Kim & Sheila Miyoshi Jager

$ 50

Ed Miller

$ 100

Michael Esler

$ 100

Mary Ann Nock

Love the Taiko!

$ 10

Monica Hunter-Hart

hell yeah. just wish I could be there

$ 10

Jan Miyake

$ 30

Anonymous

$ 10

Mary Isabella Esler

$ 20

John D. Elder

Great video. Good luck with the campaign! John and Anne Elder

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John E. Paddock

Wishing OCT meets their goal to bring Kenny Endo to Oberlin. Having known Kenny Sensei for years and having had the chance to learn from him on several occasions, I know how valuable a resource he is and what he can contribute to the discussion of Taiko,

$ 30

Albert Yang

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Justin Kang

$ 500

Anonymous

$ 30

Mari Kuroda

$ 10

Jessica E Stewart

Thank you!

October 29, 2015

We have reached our goal! We cannot thank everyone enough for your generous contributions and support. :)


Thanks to you, our dream is coming true!

Almost there! Thank you!

October 23, 2015

Hello! 

Thank you so much for the many generous contributions, we are incredibly close to our goal and the performance is certain to be a reality next April! 
For those not in Oberlin, I hope you will consider joining us if it is not too inconvenient -- or that you might be inspired to seek out taiko in your area. Taiko is spreading, largely due to the generosity and support from people like yourselves! We are so very grateful. 

We hope that we will see you for the performance:)

best,
OCTaiko

Can I still give to this project?

November 30, 2015

Once funding has ended, can I still give to this project? 


Yes! Visit www.oberlin.edu/donate, select "other" as the designation, and then specify which project in the space below.