Born in Nagoya, Japan, Ken Koshio was a folk rock musician in Los Angeles but after 9-11-2001, Ken felt a need to bring some measure of comfort to people affected by the Twin Towers tragedy. The resulting Thousand Cranes Tour, which culminated in a concert at Ground Zero on the one-year anniversary. In 2004, he moved to Phoenix and began playing more Japanese music because he identified himself as Japanese in his spirit, blending 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.

Ken 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. He also works with a group of Native American artists collaborating with their dance, music, drumming and singing. We are very fortunate that Ken will once again perform Japanese Taiko Drums at our ACELelebration of Leadership Gala on January 16, 2016.

When: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2015
5:00 p.m. Registration/Silent Auction/Reception;
6:45 p.m. Dinner

Where: Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort
5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Ticket Price:
$50.00 Member (Early Bird rate available til12/31/2015)
$99.00 Non Member (Early Bird rate available til12/31/2015)
$120.00 General Admission (after 12/31/2015)

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.

All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2016 to guarantee your seat. Corporate Tables are available, please inquire for more info.

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Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders will use part of the proceeds from this event to award scholarships, or the funds will be placed into a scholarship endowment to be awarded in the future.