Women in Taiko Workshop Leaders Resource List
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Women who have presented at the following taiko events*:* Please email us using the contact form at womenandtaiko.org if you know women who have presented at recent (within 5 years) TAIKO EVENTS not listed. Please send the event name, date, and contact information of the event organizer.
East Coast Taiko Conference 2017, 2018
European Taiko Conference 2016, 2017, 2018
North American Taiko Conference 2015, 2017
Regional Taiko Gathering 2016, 2018
Taiko Connect 2018
Taikopalooza 2016, 2017, 2018
Taiko Spirit 2018
Toronto Taiko Festival 2017
World Taiko Gathering 2014
First NameLast NameWorkshop/Discussion TitlesBios
AsakoTateishiIroha: Part 1 and 2Asako Tateishi is a Taiko & Tsugaru shamisen player based in Bellevue and Seattle, WA. She is Co-Director and a performing member of the taiko group CHIKIRI. She also serves as Executive Director and chief instructor of The School of TAIKO, and has also served as Executive Producer for the inaugural Bellevue World Taiko Festival In October 2014, featuring Yu Imafuku and Imafukuza from Japan. Asako started her Taiko career with the group Matsuriza in Orlando, FL by Sukeroku Daiko Style in 2003. During her time in Florida, was a regular performer at Walt Disney World / EPCOT and various Japanese Festivals, such as International Taiko Festival (San Francisco), Stone Mountain Festival (Atlanta), Hatsume Festival (Miami) and more.
BonnieSoonEnergetic Movement DrillsBonnie Soon has served as artistic director of Uzume Taiko since 1999. She incorporates choreography and theatrical elements with the festival drumming style of Japan to create new work for taiko drums often in collaborations with musicians and artists from diverse cultures and art forms. She builds taiko drum gear and leads taiko workshops and artist residencies in schools and communities. Bonnie began her performing career as a dancer touring with Paula Ross and Kokoro Dance companies and Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre. She has professional credits in stage management and has worked in media production.
ChiekoKojimaTraditional Japanese Dance
Hana Hachijo
Chieko Kojima first encountered Japanese folk dancing when she moved to Sado to join Sado no Kuni Ondekoza in 1976. She went on to become one of Kodo’s founding members in 1981. In addition to her work with Kodo, she also has an active solo career that is perhaps best characterized by her ongoing project, “Yukiai,” where she seeks out new encounters and collaborations with artists and taiko groups within Japan and throughout the world. Kojima is known for her original dancing style during Kodo’s taiko-based performances, which is best exemplified by her vivid portrayal of the goddess Ameno-uzume in the first season of “Amaterasu” in 2006. She became a Kodo Distinguished Member in 2012, and was the director of the annual concert series “Kodo Special Performances on Sado Island” for four years, starting from its inaugural season that same year. She continues to ambitiously broaden her expressive outlets, as demonstrated by her recent productions based on the “Tales of Dojoji,” which then became the inspiration for her first photo book, ” Kasane no Kiyohime Monogatari: The Myriad Layers of Kiyohime,” a unique work created with photographer Maiko Miyagawa and released in 2015. Website.
DianaWuStage Presence / Elevation of PerformanceDiana discovered taiko in 2006 at UC Berkeley as part of Cal Taiko, which had just started the year prior. Diana has trained herself to look beyond the surface and deeper into the fine details, a skill direct from her background in art.. One of main factors was a performer’s command of the stage, which would make all the difference between an engaging performance and one that seemed isolated. As a former law school graduate, Diana was trained to elevate presentation of cases or speeches by engaging and connecting with the judge, jury, or lecture hall through expression, eye contact, and varied motions. All this is relevant to artistic presentations (in this case, taiko) and Diana continues to emphasize these elements on top of taiko performance.
EliseFujimotoTaiko 2.0: Activism and AdvocacyElise served as Conference Coordinator for TCA’s inaugural, NATC 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada and Programming Consultant for NATC 2017 in San Diego, CA. She was previously a member of the TCA Transitional Board and serves as co chair of the Programming and Communications Committees. In addition, Elise serves on the NATC and TCA Tech Committees. Elise is a charter member of Jun Daiko, based in Mountain View, CA and serves as an instructor for the Mountain View Buddhist Temple Taiko group.
EmmaMiddletonShifting the Sands of RhythmEmma is a theatre director and puppeteer, specialising in devised storytelling projects with and for young people. With a background in LAMDA acting she went on to train with the London School of Puppetry and tour with Waxbaby Productions. Emma is an award winning youth theatre director, she has delivered theatre projects in Ghana, Japan and America and has had work appear in the International Youth Arts Festival, London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Emma started working with Lisa delivering Taiko projects in 2008 when the pair were involved in the creation of a production of The Monkey King featuring live music. Whilst in Japan, she was taught to play Miyake and then went on to set up Gyoko Taiko with Lisa in Grimsby.
EriIshizukaNaname Uchi Basics for Beginners
Bon Taiko Basics: Edo Tokyo Style for Beginners
Eri Ishizuka is a performing member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, teaches at the Taiko Center of the Pacific, and is a performing member of Indra, a Japan-based group lead by her older brother, Yuu Ishizuka. Eri’s roots are in hogaku hayashi, Japanese classical drumming as found in Kabuki theater and nagauta music, having studied with her father, Saburo Mochizuki and headmaster, Bokusei Mochizuki, and recently obtaining a natori (stage name) as Takeru Mochizuki. She was a student of O Edo Sukeroku Taiko from 2005-2009 and has studied Edo Bayashi, Shishimai (Lion dance), and bamboo flute from Kyosuke Suzuki (of the Wakayama School) since 2008. In 2010, she was a founder of the Tokyo based taiko group, ‘Kuroccho’. In addition to extensive touring in Japan, Eri has performed in the United States, Spain, Korea, China, and Austria.
EriUchidaBeautiful Katsugi Okedo Playing
Mindfulness of the Sole Strike
Eri Uchida is a member of Kodo. She joined the group in 2010 after entering the Kodo Apprentice Center in 2007. Eri has performed in a vast array of domestic and international productions, including Kaguyamie, Amaterasu, Mystery, and Chaos. She has recently demonstrated a talent for composing through pieces such as Harewataru and Chit Chat. In 2014, Eri made her directorial debut with a new programme for the “School Workshop Performance” tour in Japan, and in 2015 led Kodo’s first-ever School Workshop Performances abroad in Canada.
Yatai Bayashi
Native of Japan, Fumi Tanakadate is a taiko artist and pianist based in New York. Drawn to the artistry of Kaoru Watanabe, she has been studying taiko under him since 2011. Having a unique combination of an extensive musical expertise in European Classical music and a background in traditional folk dancing, drumming and flute playing from her local festival in Japan, she quickly became an active member of Néo, Watanabe’s ensemble that aims to blend the nostalgic sound of Japanese traditional festival and theater and the interplay of complex jazz improvisations. She has performed at Joe’s Pub, ShapeShifter Lab, Nublu, National Sawdust and Pioneer Works. Fumi has collaborated with Yuu Ishizuka, Sumie Kaneko, Shane Shanahan, Chieko Kojima, On Ensemble, Alicia Hall Moran and Satoshi Takeishi and performed in Kenny Endo’s 40th Anniversary Tour. Most recently, she was on tour with Kaoru Watanabe and Yuta Sumiyoshi of KODO as a trio. Fumi also serves as an instructor at Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center, teaching classes and giving educational workshops at local schools and colleges. Her former teachers include Mark H Rooney, Rogerio Boccato, and Mark Soskin. She also took workshops with Kenny Endo, Chieko Kojima, Patrick Graham, and Tetsuro Naito, and Yuu Ishizuka. As a classical pianist, Fumi has performed throughout Japan, tri-state area, Austria, and Spain. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music.
GreteMoortgatCrossroads (an original composition)Grete Moortgat is the driving force behind Feniks Taiko. She studied Taiko in Tokyo, with Miyabi Arashi (lead by Tomoko Igarashi), and has performed in Japan and all over Europe. She also attended workshops by a.o. Kodo, Wadaiko Tokara, Yamato, Osaka Dadadadan Tenko, Kenny Endo and Uzume Taiko. Upon her return to Belgium, Grete Moortgat founded the non-profit Taiko Academy, AraUmi Daiko; the first Taiko-school in Belgium. Besides teaching classes, workshops, company trainings and specialist classes for performers and other Taiko groups, she also leads Feniks Taiko, the semi-professional performance group of AraUmi Daiko vzw Grete Moortgat also composes her own Taiko pieces and has been guest teacher at several Music Conservatories. Many of her projects involve collaborations with renown artists from the world of dance, classical music, sports, as well as pop-music. Currently, she is preparing collaboration projects with Kodo, Wadaiko Tokara and Osaka Dadadadan Tenko as well as recordings with Taiko and Shakuhachi.
IlkaHasseTaiko LoveStudying Japanology and many years in Asia (China, Singapore, Japan) have allowed Ilka to get a taste of different groups and styles. This has had a decisive influence on her taiko style. Flexibility and openness for influences from other genres are her major themes. After founding groups in Hamburg (Tengu Daiko), Shanghai (Kaifu) and Mannheim (MAdaiko), Ilka is currently building a new taiko school in Heidelberg.
IsabelRomeo BiedmaMoving From the CoreIsabel began taiko with Ago Kaijin Daiko while working in Japan as a dancer. Since returning to Spain, she has been very active in various taiko-related projects: teaching workshops and lessons, contributing to taiko documentaries and articles, and performing with dance companies. In 2016, Isabel founded the group Issho Daiko based in Madrid. For Isabel, taiko is a joyous way of personal development and expression that incorporates rhythm and movement as well as listening skills, teamwork, trust and self-confidence.
JaneLinThe Future is Now: Being Young and in the Taiko CommunityJane first saw taiko at a Stanford Admit Weekend performance and was in awe by the artistic, athletic, and musical nature of taiko. She played with Stanford Taiko for 5 years before becoming an active member of the Taiko Community Alliance. She is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Programming Committee and lead for the TCA Collegiate Taiko Advisory Group.
JeanneMercerImprovisation and Spontaneous CreativityJeanne Aiko Mercer is a pioneering taiko artist who began her training in 1972 under Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo. She started Shasta Taiko in 1985 with Russel Baba, and in 2005 they launched the spectacular outdoor taiko festival – ShastaYama. Jeanne is known for her technical skills and creative compositions and continues to dedicate her life to the tradition, innovation, and growth of taiko.
KaolyAsanoWa No Ichi - open sourceKAOLY ASANO is based in Tokyo. She founded her group GOCOO and her school, known as TAWOO Taiko Dojo in 1997. GOCOO are known for their unique style, sometimes referred to as “groove taiko” or “tribal taiko”, breaking away from more traditional forms of taiko drumming. They are the first group to perform at a wide range of music festivals around the world, Sziget Festival, Montreux and Womad to name but a few. GOCOO have toured in Europe every year since 2003.
KarenYoungTaiko and Community: What’s the Connection?
Women and Taiko
Taiko Beyond the Stage: Exercises Aimed at Bringing People Together
Unleashing Your Inner Genki: How to be More of YOU as a Performer
Karen is the Founding Director of the multigenerational, pan-Asian women’s arts and advocacy group The Genki Spark based in Boston, MA, USA. Deeply committed to inspiring others to use the art of taiko and personal stories as a vehicle for empowerment and social change, Karen leads workshops on community building and leadership development designed to build relationships and give people tools to lead others. She leads workshops for the taiko community, most recently, at NATC in San Diego (USA), RTG Vancouver (Canada), and the ETC Exeter (UK) as well as for local grassroots community groups working to empower immigrants, youth, and members of the LGBTQ community. Karen got her start as a founding member of Odaiko New England and has been a been a member of the North American Taiko Community since 1997.
KristyOshiroBachi Twirling
Multiple Drum Technique
Advanced Taiko Drills
Curly Noodle
Click it -- Open Source
Kristy Oshiro is a freelance taiko artist based in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area and started playing taiko at age nine with Kona Daifukuji Taiko in her hometown of Kona, Hawai’i. She holds a music performance degree in percussion, has been a touring ensemble member of Portland Taiko for six years, and has served as Youth Program Director for Sacramento Taiko Dan for seven years. Kristy is currently Creative Director of Placer Ume Taiko in Penryn, California, Artistic Director of the Tsubaki Ensemble, instructor for San Mateo Buddhist Temple Taiko, and teaches queer taiko workshops for LGBTQQs and allies.
LindaUyehara HoffmanVocal Improvisation with TaikoLinda Uyehara Hoffman has been a taiko player for over 30 years. She was a founding member of Katari Taiko, the first taiko group in Canada, and of Sawagi Taiko, the first all-women’s taiko group in North America. She performed as a folksinger/guitarist in coffee houses in Vancouver, BC, the San Francisco Bay area, and the US midwest, as well as singing on the streets throughout the south of France. As a member of the folk/blues group Kokuho Rose, she performed in Vancouver coffee houses, at political rallies and at the Powell Street Festival in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and they periodically reunite for special occasions. Linda has been experimenting with vocal improvisation to taiko for many years and has written chants to accompany taiko songs.
LindaUyechiTaiko Technology!Linda Uyechi holds the position of Lecturer in Taiko at Stanford University where she is faculty co-advisor to Stanford Taiko and co-instructor for a spring quarter seminar that explores the academic side of taiko. She was a charter member of Stanford Taiko (1992-1996), played with San Jose Taiko (1996-1999), and founded and directed Summer Taiko at Stanford (1999-2015). She served on the North American Conference Advisory Board (2005-2013) and on the Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) transitional board (2013-2015), and was an invited presenter at NATC (1997, 2005, 2011). Linda currently chairs the TCA Tech. Committee and plays with Jun Daiko in Mt. View, California.
LisaOliverShifting the Sands of RhythmLisa is a percussionist and trained at the Royal College of Music in London. She currently teaches across North & North East Lincolnshire and is involved in a large amount of the World Music projects in the area, running the groups for Gyoko Taiko in Grimsby and Tetsu Taiko in Scunthorpe. Lisa runs the local steel pan bands including Steel the Rhythm and has delivered projects with Gamelan, Djembe, Samba as well as private percussion tuition. In 2008 Lisa attended a training weekend in Scotland with UK Taiko group, Mugenkyo, from which she launched a series of Taiko projects across the South Humber Region and then went on to develop her skills as a Taiko instructor and performer through further workshops and training with Kagemusha Taiko at the UK Taiko Centre in Devon.
Masami Hanashiro is a founder of Vancouver Okinawa Taiko.
MegSuzuki HudsonImprovisation for Beginning FueMeg Suzuki Hudson was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania. She began playing taiko and shinobue with Odaiko New England in 1999, started playing with San Jose Taiko in 2003, and joined the Artistic Staff in 2007. Meg has a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from the Hartt School of Music, a Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is an alumnus of the Tanglewood, Aspen, Sarasota, and Pacific Music Festivals.
MichelleFujiiTaiko Movement
Visual Phrasing: Taiko in Motion
Kore Kara
Uchiwa Movement
Koshi and the Powerful Taiko Player
Michelle creates contemporary work as a 4th generation Japanese-American through the art form of taiko, Japanese drums, and Japanese folk dance. She started her taiko training as a performing member of San Jose Taiko. After graduating with a degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, Michelle rejoined San Jose Taiko as artistic staff. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Bunka-cho fellowship from the Japanese government to study with Japan’s foremost traditional folk dance troupe, Warabiza, where she studied under the tutelage of master dancer/choreographer Shohei Kikuchi. Michelle has played with numerous groups including TAIKOPROJECT, On Ensemble, Shasta Taiko and served as Artistic Director of Portland Taiko for 9 years.

Naomi Guilbert and her husband Hiroshi Koshiyama founded Fubuki Daiko, a full time professional taiko group based in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1995. She received her formative training in San Francisco while drumming with Seiichi Tanaka and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. In addition to performing and touring with Fubuki Daiko, she has taught adults and children in Winnipeg for over 20 years. Naomi and Hiroshi have team taught workshops and classes to college students and taiko groups in Berea, KY, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Edmonton and Thunder Bay.
NorikoKobayashiObon TaikoNoriko Kobayashi is a musician. She earned a M.A. degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia, in addition to a B.A. in Music and Psychology from U.B.C. She also earned a music degree from Capilano College in classical voice studies and is also a published author on the subject of taiko. Prior to her life in academia, Kobayashi was a founding member and bassist in riot grrl rock band Tribe 8, recording and performing extensively throughout Europe and America. Trading in the bass for bachi – taiko drum sticks – Kobayashi was introduced to taiko and apprenticed with Sawagi Taiko. She later moved to Tokyo, Japan and immersed herself in the study of taiko and shamisen (nagauta, tsugaru, and Okinawan sanshin), Kobayashi also studied shigin (Japanese poetry chanting) with the Kokusai-Ryu Shigin Kai earning the stage name Kobayashi Kokusai and a Renshi certification (entry level for teaching). Kobayashi was a member of Oedo Sukeroku Taiko’s student group for seven years, studying with the founder Mr. Seido Kobayashi and core members Mr. Masashi Itohara, and Ms. Mizuho Zako. She was also a member of the Miyake Taiko Kai in Tokyo, studying for three years with the founder Mr. Akio Tsumura and his sons. Kobayashi also enjoyed a few years of studying the Hachijo style of drumming from Mr. Takashi Kikuchi of Hachijo Island.
PJHirabayashiEi Ja Nai Ka?
Key to Your Ki
Tottemo Yoi!
Taiko Peace
PJ Hirabayashi is the Artistic Director Emeritus, former Artistic Director, and founding member of San Jose Taiko (SJT), a world-class performing ensemble of taiko drummers. She is a pioneer of North American taiko, recognized in the international taiko community for her distinctive performance and teaching style that combines movement, dance, drumming, fluidity, joy, and energy. PJ’s current project is TaikoPeace, an extension of Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion. As a certified Peace Ambassador for the Shift Network’s Summer of Peace 2012, PJ seeks to inspire personal, social, and global change through the music and art of taiko drumming.
RomeHamnerFundraising doesn’t have to suck
In-School Residencies: How to Get Into Schools and What to do Once You’re There
A certified Off instructor with nearly 20 years experience, Rome is a teaching artist and taiko performer whose career includes 14 years as the co-director of Odaiko Sonora, the ensemble she co-founded in Tucson, AZ. Performing highlights include playing Odaiko for a crowd of 30,000 while suspended 200’ in the air and combining poi training and pyrotechnics to play with lit bachi (i.e., bachi that were set on fire- on purpose). Rome believes passionately in the power of taiko to change lives and has developed 30+ unique curricula in Taiko and Orff-based general music for students of all ages. Rome holds a Masters in Public Administration and currently plays with Taiko SOBA in Palo Alto, CA, Kristy Oshiro’s Queer Taiko, and is an activator in PJ Hirabayashi’s TaikoPeace movement.
SaschaMolinaGroup Timing
Pattern Lab
Sascha Joined Sacramento Taiko Dan in 2007, and is the Assistant Director of the group as well as the Director of the Youth program and Educational Outreach, which provides cultural enrichment to children in grades K – 12 throughout Sacramento and the surrounding areas. Additionally, Sascha is a member of the North American Kasuga Onigumi and the all-female Taiko group Jodaiko.
ShonaghWalkerCross-hands Technique and Multi-drum flow
Kuru Kuru
Shonagh Walker started her Taiko journey in an extra-curricular school group at Cleveden Secondary School in Glasgow (Scotland) eventually becoming a lead touring player, workshop leader and dojo instructor with Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers. In 2016 Shonagh co-founding Tsuchigumo Daiko with Martin Doyle and after overhauling their fundamental approach to playing, they have forged their new group’s own identity, with an ethos focused on sharing, joy, inclusivity, and conquering personal goals. Shonagh has quickly become known in the European Taiko scene for her explosive energy and powerful playing style.
SumieKanekoShamisen takes a part in taikoJapanese Koto & Shamisen player and Jazz singer/songwriter Sumie (Sumi-é) Kaneko creates music that spans a millennium. A master in the traditional repertoire of these ancient instruments, she has also pioneered their use in jazz and experimental music, through solo and group performances worldwide.
Susan YuenStrategic Decision Making for Financial ViabilitySusan Yuen is a self-described Nonprofit Enabler, Design Thinker, Accidental Techie, and Taiko Player. She enables nonprofits by sharing her expertise in fundraising, grant writing, process improvement, financial analysis and sustainability, organizational strategy and team-building. An adept facilitator and trainer, Susan’s design thinking workshops lead to creative solutions to real-world issues. She has a handy mixed-bag of self-taught tech skills and can assist organizations with databases, websites, low-cost branding and graphic design. A taiko player since 1992, Susan was instrumental in launching the annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational (ITI) in 1995 and has played critical roles in organizing and inspiring taiko events, notably NATC 2011 and the TCA (Taiko Community Alliance) Launch in 2013. Susan served as Treasurer on the TCA Transitional Board, and is currently a key contributor to the TCA Tech and Fundraising Committees.
TiffanyTamaribuchiImprovisation and Composition
Women and Taiko
Odaiko 1 and 2
Basic Kata and Injury Prevention
Super Chunky Yatai
Yokomen-uchi / Lateral Striking
Tiffany is the founder and artistic director of 3 ensembles based in North America, and has toured internationally with a number of professional groups and artists in Japan and North America since 1992. Best-known for her eclectic training background and for emphasizing biomechanically sound techniques, she has been a regular instructor for the NATC since 1997 and a featured guest instructor at the ETC 2. Winner of the O-TA-I-KO Hibike Ippon-uchi All-Japan Odaiko Competition in Fukui and a finalist in the Tokyo International Odaiko Competition in 2002, Tiffany enjoys and plays a variety of styles but is most often recognized as a badass odaiko drummer.
ToniYagamiComplimentary TaikoToni has a B.A. in Music Ed. and started playing taiko in 1978 with Denver Taiko, moved to California in 1988 to join San Jose Taiko as staff and performer, returned to Denver in 1995 and started Taiko with Toni. She was a participant of the RhythMix trip to Sado in 2001 which became KasaMix in 2003, and was the trip coordinator.
TomomiHongoBasics for Young Aspiring Taiko PlayersTomomi Hongo began playing taiko at the age of eight at El Marino Language School in Culver City. Her father, Etsuo Hongo, is a renown taiko artist who established several taiko groups including Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko, San Fernando Mugen Taiko, Venice Koshin Taiko, and El Marino Rainbow Taiko. Her father and mother met through the taiko classes he taught, and Tomomi is fortunate to be exposed to taiko at a very young age. She watched her father put on various concerts with groups from Los Angeles as well as Japan.
WisaUemuraWomen in TaikoWisa started her taiko journey with Stanford Taiko and served as Artistic and Administrative Director during her four years there. Beginning as a performing member with San Jose Taiko, she has also held the positions of Artistic Staff and General Manager, and was instrumental in the development and execution of San Jose Taiko’s successful leadership succession plan before taking on the Executive Director position in 2011.
Yeeman (Manman)MuiBody Bayashi
Taiko FUNdamentals
Quitiplas in the Pocket
Yeeman (Manman) Mui is an Instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI). She is a certified Early Childhood Orff Music and Creative Dance Teacher, and directs and designs curriculum for a special program of parent/toddler classes at LATI. Originally from Hong Kong, Manman graduated in University of Hong Kong in 2010 with an MPhil in Musicology. A former fellow at the Taiko Center of the Pacific, she has studied with Kenny Endo, and continues to teach and perform at the Center. Manman blends taiko with Orff-based principles in classes that combine body percussion, singing and dance to help develop the taiko player’s sense of natural musicality. She has shared her work in places as far-flung as Madrid, Washington DC, and Macau.
YokoNakahashiIsamigoma-Tonbane Daiko
Composition Idea/Improvisation Vocabulary for Taiko Drumming
Known by her Buddhist name Laiyo, Yoko Nakahashi is a New York-based award winning contemporary music composer. a member of Taiko Masala and New York Suwa Taiko Association. Yoko is an official Taiko instructor of Columbia University Taiko, and the founder of Navy Yard Taiko where they build necessary equipment for other taiko players. She has been certified to teach Osuwa Daiko music to various levels of taiko players. Her compositions have been performed by JACK Quartet, David Del Tredici, and many other ensembles. Yoko has been writing music and performing live sound effects for various theater groups, martial arts troops, and dance companies, as well as performing with various groups and giving Taiko workshops in the US Japan, Barbados, and the UK.
YoungParkBody Awareness for Taiko Players
Advanced Movement for Taiko
Young Park is a performing member and General Manager of Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers (RAW), a community arts collective of East and Southeast Asian Women in Toronto. Young, a native of South Korea and Boston, studied at the New England Conservatory Prep School and Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts as a youth, received her Bachelor’s in Music from Oberlin College, and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She co-founded SAFMOD, a multi-disciplinary performing arts group that integrates music and dance styles from different cultures. During her tenure as Artistic Director at SAFMOD her work was influenced by movement styles such as Butoh, Contact Improv, capoeira and stilting. In 2012 she was the project director of the Toronto Taiko Festival. Young’s currently works with the collective membership of RAW to carve space for self-expression, authentic engagement, community, and healing.
YumiCeliaFEELING space within the beatsYumi Célia started playing taiko growing up in Tokyo, performing in seasonal festivals with the group of Nezu shrine, Nezu Gongen Ryujin Daiko. In Montréal, she became a member of the city’s resident taiko group, Arashi Daiko, and performed with them until 2010. She then founded 2taiko with Alison Roe. In 2013-2014, she went back to Japan and trained at the Oedo Sukeroku taiko school. Student of Hiroshi Motofuji (Metal taiko). Also inspired by Kurumaya Masaaki (Fukui-style) and Chieko Kojima (Hana-hachijo). Now living in Nancy, she is engaging in artistic explorations with flamenco dance and theatre.
YurikaChibaTaiko Activities for the Young and Young at Heart
Putting Brains in Your Feet: Naname Edition
Taiko Olympics!
Yurika Chiba is a member of San Jose Taiko Artistic Staff. She was born in Saitama, Japan and grew up in Toronto, Canada. At San Jose Taiko, Yurika participates in local programs, domestic and international tours, teaches in the company’s Junior Taiko program, leads rehearsals, training, and workshops, and composes. From 2007 to 2015, Yurika served as Education Director for Summer Taiko at Stanford. Prior to her tenure with San Jose Taiko, Yurika played with groups in Tokushima, Japan, Melbourne, Australia and Sonoma County, California. Yurika’s background in piano, dance, mixed media art, psychology and certification in TESOL combine in a unique mix to inform her work with taiko as an instrument for the individual’s expression of self and connection to community.