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Zenshin Daiko's 15th Annual Taiko Festival

Zenshin Daiko's 15th Annual Taiko Festival

 

Zenshin Daiko's 15th Annual Taiko Festival will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater at 7 pm. Zenshin Daiko will be performing some old favorites as well as premiering two new pieces.

 

This year's featured guests come from Sado Island, Japan. Hanayui the renown trio of women that mesmerize audiences with their traditional singing, dancing and taiko playing. Hanayui will be accompanied by Yoshikazu Fujimoto, the principle odaiko player for KODO for over 30 years.

 

Tickets available at the MACC Box Office, 242-SHOW (7469) or online at mauiarts.org.

$20 - Adults

$10 - Children 12 & under

 

Zenshin Daiko

Zenshin Daiko is a non-profit corporation that is dedicated to teaching taiko to children and sharing it with the community. Since forming in March, 1999, ZD has performed at over 750 cultural and community events all over Maui. ZD has also performed in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Japan.

 

ZD has been invited to go back to Japan in July to perform in the Hakusan International Taiko Concert Extasia in Ishikawa and the Summer Festival on Hachijo, a sister city of Maui.

 

Zenshin Daiko currently has over 50 members ages 6 - 17.

 

 

HANAYUI

Hanayui will transport you to a simpler time of innocent joy and wonderment. Following in a rich tradition of popular entertainers who traveled Japan's countryside, this trio, the sister group of KODO, has captivated audiences around the world with their fresh interpretation of folk dances, vibrant percussive sounds and hauntingly beautiful songs. Experience the unblemished sounds and color of rural Japan at their finest.

BIOS:

HANAYUI

Hanayui was formed in 1991 as an offshoot of Kodo and a vehicle to explore Japanese performing arts by focusing on folk dance with taiko accompaniment. Continuing the Kodo tradition of excellence in their field, Hanayui features the stunning folk dance and graceful taiko playing of Chieko Kojima and the hauntingly beautiful voice of Yoko Fujimoto, both original Kodo members since 1981. Completing the trio is the expert traditional dance of award-winning Okinawan dancer Mitsue Kinjo.

The Japanese word "hana" means "flower" and symbolizes the youthful energy that Hanayui puts into their performances. The word "yui" means "to tie," and recalls the relationships formed in ancient villages in Japan when families came together to share in both hardships and harvests. Those who want to sing and dance with us, or who just have a good time watching, are all our "yui" friends.

Chieko Kojima

Born in Iwafune, Tochigi-prefecture, Chieko joined Kodo (then Ondekoza) in 1976 and began her encounter with folk dancing. Since the formation of Kodo, Chieko has carved out a niche for herself as one of the few female regularly performing members of Kodo. She is noted for the original style of her dancing in Kodo's taiko-based performance. She also performs as a member of the three female voice and dance ensemble, 'Hanayui'. Through 'Hanayui' and her solo performance series 'Yukiai,' Chieko enjoys ever expanding her repertoire and meeting new and stimulating people.

Yoko Fujimoto

Born in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Yoko joined Kodo (then Ondekoza) in 1976. After three years appearing as a koto player, singer and dancer, she left the stage and edited the monthly Japanese language newsletter 'Kodo' for the next 13 years. In 1989 she started singing again and has since been one of the 3 members of Hanayui, a women's musical and dance ensemble. In 1996 she toured Cuba and North America with her husband Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Kodo's principal Odaiko player, giving drum and singing workshops. Her special interest is the voice and she enjoys spreading her knowledge and techniques in her workshop called 'Voice Circle.' Yoko recently released her first solo CD of Japanese lullabies, "Morisa Komorisa," with original music by master composer/musician Derek Nakamoto. Available at cdbaby.com.

Mitsue Kinjo

Okinawa-native Mitsue Kinjo entered the Okinawan dance troupe "Hana no Kai" in 1979 and was trained by Takako Sato. It was through her activities in Okinawan dance that Mitsue first encountered Kodo. After receiving the Okinawa Times Highest Award for Achievement in the Performing Arts, Mitsue went on an extensive performing tour of Taiwan and Japan. Later, Mitsue married a Kodo member and moved to Sado Island. Mitsue first participated in the Kodo Village Festival as a member of Hanayui, and has continued to participate as a dancer in other capacities since then. In 1995, she became a certified master of Okinawan dance and opened a dance studio two years later. Recently, she has served as an instructor of Okinawan dance at the Kodo Cultural Foundation's Apprentice Centre.

Yoshikazu Fujimoto

Yoshikazu Fujimoto was one of the founding members of Kodo, and has been the group's premier Odaiko (large drum) player, touring for 30 years throughout Japan, Europe and North America. Yoshikazu has also studied with traditional Japanese folk artists and is an accomplished folk dancer and singer. In recent years he has played a large role in educating the Kodo apprentices and conducts many workshops for the taiko community and the general public.

 

 

Hanayui

Hanayui

Yoshikazu

Yoshikazu Fujimoto

Zenshin Daiko

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