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First annual Obon Festival to showcase Taiko drumming and other Japanese traditions

Ken Koshio with arms wide, facing a sunset
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Ken Koshio
Taiko master Ken Koshio is the guest artist for the Obon Festival
Ken and Carolyn hold the poster for the Obon Festival
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Ken Koshio and Carolyn Koebel

Kalamazoo College will host an Obon Festival from 2 - 5 pm on Saturday, Oct 29 in the "quad" area. It's free and open to all ages. Carolyn Koebel of Michigan Hiryu Daiko Taiko Drummers and visiting Taiko master Ken Koshio explain to Cara Lieurance what the Japanese festival means and how drumming, spirituality, and honoring ancestors come together in the celebration. Koebel lists the performers coming to the festival from Michigan and Indiana, and Koshio explains that Taiko takes 3 minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master.

Details on the festival and further workshops are at the Connecting Chords Music Festival website.

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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