5PM-7PM (Pacific Time) Tuesday November 19, 2019
Join a lively 2 hour panel discussion and Q&A with emerging women taiko artists featuring:
TOMOMI HONGO was 8 when she began playing at El Marino Language School. Her father, Etsuo Hongo, established several groups and was Tomomi’s first teacher. She joined Venice Koshin Taiko in the early 2000’s. In 2007, she joined TAIKOPROJECT, as a performing member as well became an instructor. In 2013, she traveled to Japan to study under Yuu Ishizuka and Taro Kobayashi where she was able to study the fundamentals of taiko.
YEEMAN “MANMAN” MUI is a creative artist and acclaimed music educator. ManMan teaches at Los Angeles Taiko Institute and works around the globe. She founded a parent-child taiko program, Taiko Together and offers professional development for music teachers and taiko practitioners titled Taiko FUNdamentals.
VICKY ZHANG encountered taiko when she joined Stanford Taiko. She plays with Unit Souzou, working intensively on several productions. She helped start Taiko SOBA at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, and plays with Jun Daiko at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple. Vicky is a mechanical engineer in the Bay Area, CA.
MICHELLE FUJII, (co-host) taiko artist and Co-director of Unit Souzou, creates contemporary work through taiko and Japanese folk dance, placing cultural art within the present. After graduating with a degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA, she was awarded a Bunkacho fellowship from the Japanese government to study with Japan’s foremost traditional folk dance troupe, Warabi-za.
KAREN S. YOUNG (co-host) is most interested in the intersection of art, grassroots organizing, and policy. She was one of seven Boston AIRs (Artists in Residence), is the founder of The Genki Spark, co-founder of the Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival, and one of the key organizers behind www.womenandtaiko.org.