Zenshin Daiko celebrates anniversary

Zenshin Daiko celebrated its 15th anniversary on March 23 in the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Rainbow Ballroom.

Nearly 200 members, friends and family gathered together to enjoy dinner, watch Zenshin Daiko perform and view a slide show about the group’s history.

Special guests who traveled from Oahu to be at this occasion were Lina Tamaye and Trent Asato. Both are former artistic directors of the group. Also traveling from Oahu was world-renowned taiko artist Kenny Endo and his wife, Chizuko. Kenny Endo has been to Maui to conduct workshops for members many times over the years and has also performed in several of Zenshin Daiko’s annual taiko concerts.

There was also a special presentation by Ruth Jones. She donated a new drum made by Asano Taiko, the largest and oldest taiko maker in Japan. Most of the drums that Zenshin Daiko performs on are built by Zenshin Daiko parents from used wine barrels.

The evening ended with members of Zenshin Daiko’s advanced group performing on the new drum for the first time. Kenny and Chizuko Endo joined in and each did a solo.

Zenshin Daiko is planning its 15th annual Taiko Festival Concert in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on June 7. Featured guests will be Hanayui. This trio is the sister group of KODO. They will be accompanied by Yoshikazu Fujimoto, KODO’s premier odaiko (big drum) player.

Zenshin Daiko will also be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a trip to Japan in July. Zenshin Daiko has been invited to perform in a three-day Summer Festival in Hachijo. Hachijo is a sister city of Maui and this year is the 50th anniversary of their sister city relationship.

Zenshin Daiko is also one of three groups from the U.S. invited to perform in the Estasia concert in Ishikawa, Japan.