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The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company

 The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 22, 2001
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free 

The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company, a unique group that bridges Eastern and Western as well as contemporary and ancient cultures, presented "The Tale of Genji" and "Bamboo Forest." Founded in 1970, the company is a pioneer of multicultural choreography performed by a multi-ethnic group of dancers. Its mission is to contribute to the aesthetic development of dance by incorporating cultural heritages, strongly influenced by historical Japanese tradition, into a framework of contemporary dance.

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Lecture Recital on the Shakuhachi

 Lecture Recital on the Shakuhachi7:30 p.m..
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Mary Lu Brandwein presented a lecture recital on the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute. The shakuhachi is the traditional instrument of the Japanese Zen Masters and has a deep woody sound that comes from the heart of this bamboo instrument. She presented traditional and contemporary Japanese music, and the selections began from the 20th century and went backwards in time 700 years.

Mary Lu, who lives in Dan Diego, California, has studied shakuhachi for seventeen years with Masakazu Yoshizawa in Los Angeles, and Johnathan Crick in San Diego. She enjoys sharing her music in presentations and workshops.

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The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble

 The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 &
10:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2001
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble featured master drummer Kenny Endo on Taiko (Japanese drum) and Japanese percussion. Synthesizing traditional Japanese drumming techniques, world musical rhythms, and western jazz percussion styles, taiko master Kenny Endo is a leading force in contemporary taiko performance in the U.S. and Japan. Endo has performed throughout the USA, Japan, as well as Egypt, England, Belgium, France, the former USSR, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Canada. The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble plays original compositions for taiko, koto (Japanese zither), fue (bamboo flute), and other Japanese traditional instruments highlighting the new dimensions Endo is bringing to an old Japanese art.

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