Annual festival to feature two taiko groups Saturday

Zenshin Daiko’s 14th annual Taiko Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

The concert will feature the Taiko Center of the Pacific – Youth Group, which is part of Kenny Endo’s taiko school based on Oahu.

The concert will also premiere two pieces from Zenshin Daiko. Taiko artist Shoji Kameda of On Ensemble has composed the most difficult and rhythmically challenging piece that Zenshin Daiko’s advanced class has ever learned, according to an announcement.

Also, Assistant Artistic Director Alyssa Fuchikami has written a piece for the intermediate class.

Zenshin Daiko worked with Kris Bergstrom, also of On Ensemble, and taiko artist Yuta Kato in its preparation for the concert. Both artists, and Kameda, will join the group for a special performance.

Zenshin Daiko has nearly 50 members ages 6 to 17. Since forming in March 1999, the group has performed in hundreds of cultural and community events in Hawaii, on the Mainland and in Japan.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the MACC box office, by calling 242-7469 or at

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