Tonight — JACCC celebrates its 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Tonight — JACCC celebrates its 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Kenny Endo - taiko

Tonight, Tuesday, March 30, 2010, starting at 7pm, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) will present its 30th Anniversary Gala, celebrating 30 memorable years as an anchor institution in the Little Tokyo community.

The Gala, presented at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre, will include a concert featuring four preeminent musical artists, and is also a fundraiser supporting the entire lineup of JACCC 30th Anniversary Season programs and activities.

The Gala concert commences at 7pm and features taiko legend Kenny Endo; jazz piano virtuoso Keiko Matsui; five-time Grammy winner Daniel Ho; and Japanese music superstar Jero, who has reinvented and revitalized the Japanese folk ballads known as enka.

Among the star-studded performers lending their talent to the Gala Celebration is Grammy Award-winning musician Daniel Ho. Never confined to one genre or instrument, Ho has been creating music that speaks to every one. “I began to realize that we all have similar stories to tell,” he muses, “The characters are different and sometimes the stories are in other languages, but we all identify with the same joys and struggles of life.”

On his participation of the JACCC 30th Anniversary Celebration, Ho says, “The JACCC has been like family to me for almost twenty years. I hope to be around for the 40th celebration as well!”

Following the concert, the celebration continues with a reception on the beautiful JACCC Plaza (designed by world-famous sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi) to which all guests are invited.

Food, drink, and music will provide a lively and festive atmosphere to culminate the evening beneath the stars with JACCC friends, family, and fellow supporters.

Individual tickets for this fund-raising event start at $150.
For sponsorship information, please contact Jessie Kikuchi at (213) 628-2725, ext. 142 or [email protected]

WHAT: JACCC — 30th Anniversary Gala

WHEN: Tuesday, March 30th, 2010, 7pm onwards
WHERE: Aratani/Japan America Theatre
at 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

ADMISSION: $150.00 (fundraiser)

For invitations, please contact Jessica Kikuchi at (213) 628-2725 ext. 142

About the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC)
Founded in 1980, the JACCC is the largest Asian American cultural center of its kind in the U.S. and is the preeminent presenter of Japanese, Japanese American and Asian American arts. JACCC is home to a number of civic and arts organizations and serves as the cultural and community focal point of Japanese Americans throughout Southern California.


The 30th Anniversary celebration will continue well after the Gala Celebration on Tuesday, March 30. Japanese music superstar Jero will follow with a concert on Wednesday, March 31st 2010

ALSO – Taiko performance by Kenny Endo — Saturday, April 3rd at 8 pm.

Kenny Endo will finish off the week-long festivities on Saturday, April 3rd, with a homecoming concert of his own, celebrating the 35-year mark of his successful career.

World-renowned for his technique and artistry, Los Angeles native Kenny Endo will perform and demonstrate the art of taiko at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre on Saturday, April 3rd at 8 pm.

Beginning his musical journey as a jazz drummer, Endo launched his taiko career with the influential and groundbreaking L.A. group, Kinnara Taiko. Since then, he has become a paramount figure of the taiko community, and enjoys the distinction of being the first non-Japanese national to have received a natori, or classical stage name, in the traditional drumming style known as hougaku hayashi.

Joining Endo on stage will be a star-studded group of friends and fellow artists, including Kinnara Taiko, On Ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese and western flutes, taiko), Wu Man (pipa), Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (vibraphones, drum set, ukulele), Derek Nakamoto (piano), and June Kuramoto (koto).

This peerlessly talented and diverse cast of performers will explore an expansive range of musical expression, truly a unique and inspiring performance that shouldn”™t be missed!

Tickets are $35 for orchestra, $30 for balcony. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more at $32.50/$27.50 and for JACCC Members at $30/$25. For more information, visit, or call Johnny Mori at (213) 628-2725 ext. 139.

WHAT: Celebrating 35 Years of the Art of Taiko with Kenny Endo and Friend
WHEN: Saturday, April 3rd, 2010, 8 PM
WHERE: Aratani/Japan America Theatre at 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
ADMISSION: $35 orchestra, $30 balcony
$32.50/$27.50 Groups of 10+
$30/$25 Members
BOX OFFICE: For tickets go here or call (213) 680-3700
INFO: Visit, call (213) 628-2725 ext. 139 or by email [email protected]

Report by Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.



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