Shinnyo-en Taiko Drummers Perform at Interfaith Community Concert in New York to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King

January 13, 2019
New York, NY

Shinnyo-en celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King by participating in the annual Interfaith Community Concert at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY on January 13.

The concert, hosted by the Interfaith Connection and the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, welcomes diverse local community groups across faith backgrounds each year to honor Dr. King’s legacy and message of tolerance. Every January, interfaith performers interpret "Music of Freedom" in their own unique ways, and this year’s celebration was no exception.

The Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple Ceremonial Taiko Drums & Choir (pictured above) were among the featured performers, alongside the Upper Westchester Muslim Society, Mount Hope African Methodist Inspirational Choir, Calvary Baptist Youth and the Kol Ami Hebrew Choir “Kol Echad.”

As part of its mission to advance racial equity and nonviolent activism for justice, the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence developed the “Freedom Concerts,” which Shinnyo-en has been proud to participate in for over ten years.

“Each year my heart is warmed by the unity amid diversity of this event and the overall feeling of brotherhood,” said Nick Gianni, of The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being.