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Ken Koshio - Global Peace Warrior

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Ken Koshio - Global Peace Warrior

Each morning, Ken Koshio climbs to the top of a mountain to play music as the sun rises in the East to create a celebration of life, unity and peace.

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Ken_Koshio__566922451.jpgKen Koshio was born in Nagoya, Japan. As a singer and songwriter he brings hope and new beginnings to the people of his adopted country, the United States, since 1998. He was a folk rock musician in Los Angeles for 7 years. After 9-11-2001, Ken felt a need to bring some measure of comfort to people affected by the Twin Towers tragedy. This wish translated itself into the Thousand Cranes Tour, which culminated in a concert at Ground Zero on the one-year anniversary. He brought 10,000 origami cranes that American people folded on the road from LA to NY on old route 66, as prayers for a better, more peaceful world!

In 2004 Koshio moved to Phoenix and began to play Japanese music more frequently. Japanese in his Spirit, Ken Koshio recognized that as he met many people in the US who admired Japanese culture, and arts, it was natural to blend his own culture with his Rock’n Roll career. Beating taiko for the first time in Phoenix he realized this tradition was in his DNA. It has brought him to be the multi-faceted performer he is now.

He has WA arts and music classes (Japanese traditions) in his dojo (studio) and goes to many public schools in Arizona to share Japanese culture with younger generations using origami, calligraphy, folk tales, folk music, taiko, and other Japanese instruments.

Ken works with a group of Native American artists collaborating with their dance, music, drumming and singing. He tours Japan with several Native American artists to create new exchanges in this global age (Being part of Native Trail directed by six times world champion hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis, collaboration with Derrick and Ryon Polequaptewa as Hopi to WA etc).

His talents are not limited to music but include creating stage shows, events and projects to facilitate understanding of cultural perspectives (Thousand Cranes Tour since 2002, Hiroshima Calling since 2008, Sakura no Ne since 2012 etc). We know that music and art are one of the great tools to communicate between cultures and languages. In 2013 Ken went to India to be a special guest of a world music orchestra, which set a Guinness World Record. 

Obtained a certified teaching license of Hiroshima Jidaiko(indigenous Taiko drum) from the Hiroshima Preservation Society. Ken Koshio is the first person outside of Japan with this license. Ken trained by his master, Mr. Munakata who is a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing.

Ken strives his mission in order to expand and pass Mr. Munakata’s knowledge and experiences about HIROSHIMA by preserving their ancient taiko rhyme to bring about a peaceful world.

He also received Music Artist, Mayor’s Arts Awards 2015 in 2015. Nominated to Governor’s Arts Award 2016, Artist Category. His art and music can reach all over the world from now on.

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About :

Elaine M. Grohman has been working in the field of Energy Medicine for nearly 20 years. The experiences of her own Life brought her to delve into the Mystery of our Spirit, Body, Emotions and Mind, and through that search she has sought to help others appreciate their own Life in a greater way. Elaine works with people in the medical fields, as well as having a private practice. She is the author of two books, "The Angels and Me - Experiences of Receiving and Sharing Divine Communication," and "Spirit Awakening - Wisdom for Life and Living." As an Intuitive, Elaine helps others to look beyond the wounds they use to define themselves, so that new and perhaps greater understanding can become known. Through this, we can begin to Heal our World - And Ourselves.

Photos by Laurie Tennent