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TAIKO EXTRAVAGANZA

SALT of the EARTH

Saturday, May 6  at 7 p.m.

Scottsdale, Arizona – Ancient Sounds of Peace, co-produced by K2 Enterprise will present “Ken Koshio’s TAIKO EXTRAVAGANZA – Salt of the Earth, taking place at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in Scottsdale, however it will be the third annual show produced by Ken Koshio (first one in 2015).

Our past shows have been a big success. Audiences commented how they felt connected to the soul and energy throughout this masterpiece of performing art.

The theme of this year’s show is “Salt of the Earth” as the art forms of music and dance intertwine to celebrate and experience the diversity of cultures. Since ancient times, Taiko rhythms have set the heartbeat in motion, expressing the melodies and pulse of mother earth.

Koshio’s passion is to create the most rewarding experience possible and express the importance of our origin.  This amazing collaboration of diverse cultures will be brought to the stage, in tune with the rhythms of nature within our Grand Canyon State of Arizona.

The experience is unforgettable; this unique performance will transcend you into a different scale and dimension.

Ken Koshio is a world class Japanese Taiko drummer. Taiko is a Japanese style of percussion, which combines music, movement and spirit.  Ken pushes the boundaries of Taiko through various collaborations, creating a totally authentic and unique style of music. It is truly an amazing and powerful production and the most exciting performance you will see this year.

Dates:   Saturday, May 6, 2016

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

 

 Tickets:      $25- $45

 

Location:       

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Supporting Artists
Ken Koshio

TAKERU - Special Guest, Taiko

Takeru Matsushita - Special Guest from Japan, Wa-Daiko Drum His first experience with Taiko was to help start Wa-Daiko Club in his high school at age 17. In 1995, Takeru joined Yamato- one of the major professional Taiko groups in Japan. As one of the main performers for Yamato, he has given over 2,500 performances in over 50 countries. In 2016 he retired from Yamato and now performs as a solo artist and collaborates with many talented artist in continuing his career to create life passions. Fro

Derrick Suwaima Davis

Derrick Suwaima Davis- Hoop Dancer A Native Arizonan from the Hopi and Choc-taw Nations, Suwaima is a performing artist – he is the only 7 time Hoop Dance World Champion! He is also the founder and Artistic Director of The Living Traditions Dance Troupe. Suwaima has traveled the world as a Cultural Ambassador, sharing his dance and his culture through programs ranging from solo performances, speaking engagements, to lavish choreographed theatrical productions.

Dashmesh

Dashmesh - Didgeridoo & Percussion At 29 years old, Dashmesh has already collaborated with producers and musicians of international renown such as Bill Laswell, Steve Roach and Bryon Metcalf; and he is considered one of the best didgeridoo players in the southwest. Dash’s music has been on Na- tion Public Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Through his Didgeridoo, percussion, sound design and production prowess, Dash continues to study and dedi- cate his life to the arts of healing, consciousness, and

Orgena Rose – Voice

Orgena Rose – Voice http://www.orgenarose.com Orgena Rose is a Producer, Host, Composer, Vocalist, Author, and Founder of Orgena Rose Entertainment, Global Artists Alliance Academy, and Sacred Rose Productions – producing inspiring and Empowering Music Video, and TV. She is the host of the Orgena Rose Show, which features those who are letting their light shine through art and creativity. She has performed on Broadway, Carnegie Hall, and toured internationally, appearring on OPRAH, The Today Sho

Ken Koshio -Producer

Hodgie Jo

Alice Cooper’s Soid Rock Teen Center Hodgie Jo and FootClan - Hip Hop Dance Hodgie Jo: Director of Soid Rock Teen Center Director Alice Cooper’s Soid Rock Teen Center The Rock Teen Center inspires teens to grow through music, dance and art. We provide vocational training in sound and recording, lighting and staging, video production, as well as a computer lab and a cool, supervised facility for the teens to engage with their peers. In a time where public schools are cutting funding for empow

Kenny Perez

Kenny Perez - Wushu and Kung Fu Martial artist http://www.dynamicwushu.com Kenny is known for his work on Mismatched Couples (1985) and Dragon Fight (1989). He trained along side Li Lian Jie (Jet Li) and the Beijing Wushu team. Under the supervision of Master Kenny Perez and his associates, the North American Wushu Association (NAWA) was established to promote the art of Wushu and Kung fu and to aid in its advancement. The organization helps individual martial artists and schools realize their f

Stevie Hagel - Taiko, Drums and Perc

Stevie Hagel - Taiko, Drums and Percussion www.steviehagel.com Drummer, performer, and educator, Stevie started teaching music in high school. After graduating, Stevie was hired as a full-time percussion instructor at Coronado HS (2006-2007). In 2008, he began teaching at Casa Grande Union HS. The highlight of his teaching career came in April 2011, when the CG Indoor Drumline competed in WGI World Championships and placed 5th in Scholastic A Class. He has performed with numerous groups of all g

Garrison Jones - Keyboard

Garrison Jones - Keyboard A native Phoenician, Garrison has studied music for most of his life. He was a piano student of Carolyn Inabinet since age 7 and was a lab monitor in her studio during high school. Garrison has also studied with Larry Loeber of the Phoenix Symphony and privately with Raul Yañez, and Andy O’Brien. He completed the music program at Scottsdale Community College and is currently a student in music education at Arizona State University where he studies piano with Walter Cosa

Johnny Walker - Bass

Johnny Walker - Bass http://www.johnnydoesbazz.com A Berklee College of Music alum, Johnny started playing bass professionally at the age of 15, As an Ohio native, Johnny was indoctrinated early in the deep funky grooves of musical influences of the region, including The Ohio Players, Slave, Sunn, Zapp, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Lakeside, and Midnight Starr. Since Berklee, he has spent a couple of years playing on the Las Vegas Strip, with some the best musicians at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Re

Dashmesh - Didgeridoo & Percussion

Dashmesh - Didgeridoo & Percussion At 29 years old, Dashmesh has already collaborated with producers and musicians of international renown such as Bill Laswell, Steve Roach and Bryon Metcalf; and he is considered one of the best didgeridoo players in the southwest. Dash’s music has been on Na- tion Public Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Through his Didgeridoo, percussion, sound design and production prowess, Dash continues to study and dedi- cate his life to the arts of healing, consciousness, and

Yujin Soku-Shin – Shakuhachi

Yujin Soku-Shin – Shakuhachi Since 1982, Yujin has been studying Autogenic Training, Yoga, Martial Arts, Qigong, Taoism, and since 2003– Japanese Shakuhachi flute and Zen music meditation tradition. He enjoys Native American flute, Didgeridoo, Armenian Duduk, and several other woodwind and percussion instruments. Yujin has studied with Mary Lu Brandwein (2003-2006) and Masakazu Yoshizawa (2006-2007). Since 2007, he has been studying with Bill Schozan Schultz and Kaoru Kakizakai. Yujin was given

John Paul Mendes - Taiko Drum

John Paul Mendes - Taiko Drum John Paul has been a Koshio Gumi member and Ken Koshio Jakara for over 5 years. As a brass/percussionist and martial artist, he has performed with various marching and competitive band groups. He was a member of Momentum Percussion Theater in 2005-06 and a trumpet player for the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps (2007). He was also on the trumpet line for the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band (2008-09). As an apprentice of taiko drums, John Paul has performed with Ken Koshio at

Takuro Yamaguchi - Taiko Drum

Takuro Yamaguchi - Taiko Drum He started drumming since he was 3 years old. He continued learning and playing percussions until 18 in Japan by joining brass band team in middle and High school. He was recognized as top performer in Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. His team won the grand prix award. at all Japan brass band competition. Since Last December 2016, he moved to Phoenix Arizona and learning Japanese Drum (Taiko) and music from master Ken Koshio. He also received intensive training from

Laura Ellis - Taiko Drum

Laura Ellis - Taiko Drum Laura Ellis started playing taiko at age 13 when she first heard the powerful sound of the drums. For the past 14 years, she has studied under Esther Vandecar, Eileen Morgan, and Ken Koshio. Laura is apart of the Fushicho Daiko Dojo and is a member of their professional performing group. When she is not playing taiko, Laura is an assistant speech therapist and horse trainer.

Koshio Gumi

Koshio Gumi - Taiko Drum Troupe Japanese 和 taiko troupe (Danielle V. Lahm, Debbie Winslow, Sandi Saveriano, Mia Saxon, Rin Patterson, Stevie Hagle, Takuro Yamaguchi, and J.P. Mendes) are Ken Koshio’s student taiko team. Koshio Gumi means Koshio family. Their drumming is not only a performance but also about discipline under the "way of life" training. They play taiko in the Japanese spirit of WA (和)- meaning harmony, circle, and peace. They practice at WA-Konkan Dojo (和魂館道場) in downtown Phoenix,

Kenzoo

Ken Koshio

Daniel Hirts - Tabla and Percussion

Daniel Hirtz Studied East-Indian Tabla since 1981 and theory of North-Indian classical music. Studied with i.e. Anindo Chatterjee, Anhijit Banerjee. Extensive experience playing North Indian classical music as well as Jazz, New Age and experimental fusion in Europe and the USA. He also is a skillful percussionist and drum teacher. He is the founder and producer of the Breathe for Peace project and is involved in interdisciplinary sound-art installations.

Koshio Gumi

Koshio Gumi - Taiko Drum Troupe Japanese 和 taiko troupe (Danielle V. Lahm, Debbie Winslow, Sandi Saveriano, Mia Saxon, Rin Patterson, Stevie Hagle, Takuro Yamaguchi, and J.P. Mendes) are Ken Koshio’s student taiko team. Koshio Gumi means Koshio family. Their drumming is not only a performance but also about discipline under the "way of life" training. They play taiko in the Japanese spirit of WA (和)- meaning harmony, circle, and peace. They practice at WA-Konkan Dojo (和魂館道場) in downtown Phoenix,

Kenzoo

Ken Koshio - Taiko Player