Oct. 23: University of Hawaii’s SCEP Live Online Fall LIVE STREAM Concert Series Presents Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific with special guests Todd Yukumoto, SheenRu Yong, and Jeff Peterson

The Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP), a program of UH Mānoa Outreach College, expands its SCEP Live Online offerings with a fall concert series. For four consecutive Fridays, starting on October 2nd, live musical performances by local artists will be streamed for audiences to enjoy in the comfort and safety of their own homes. The free hour-long performances will start at 7:00pm (Hawai’i time).

On Friday, October 23, Kenny Endo and the Taiko Center of the Pacific will present an evening of traditional and contemporary pieces. The group will also feature special guests Todd Yukumoto, SheenRu Yong, and Jeff Peterson to join them in the performance. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

The group will be dedicating the concert to two of Kenny’s mentors; Barbara Smith, esteemed ethnomusicologist who just celebrated her 100th birthday and William Malm, foremost academic expert of Japanese music who recently donated a set of instruments which they will use in the concert.

The concert also celebrate’s Kenny’s 45th anniversary of playing taiko.

Barbara Smith is considered one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology and has been a mentor and instructor for many top scholars in the field.  In 2020, Barbara celebrated her 100th birthday and many symposiums, meetings, and concerts honoring her accomplishments have taken place.

William Malm is considered one of the foremost American authorities on Japanese music. For the first time in Hawaiʻi, the artists will perform with a set of instruments and a shishigashira (lion head used in the traditional Japanese lion dance) donated by Dr. Malm to the Taiko Center of the Pacific.

The Fall Concert Series is a joint effort between UH Mānoa Outreach CollegeUH Mānoa Music DepartmentEast-West Center Arts Program, and Friends of Mānoa Library.


Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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