4PM-6PM (Pacific Time) Tuesday December 17, 2019
Join a lively 2 hour panel discussion and Q&A with the Women and Taiko Fellowship Cohort featuring:
Jessie Gibbs is a taiko performer and instructor from Wellington, New Zealand. Jessie experienced taiko when studying at IPUNZ. She played with the university team Kodama for 3 years becoming their captain in her final year. After a year of teaching English in Japan, she formed the community group Narukami Taiko. Jessie’s dream of unity, inclusiveness, and the desire to just play drums with friends has helped Narukami grow from just 9 members at conception in 2014 to over 60 members today.
Eileen Ho is a taiko artist and instructor from Ann Arbor, MI. She is an original member of Raion Taiko (2009) and on the administrative and teaching staff at the Great Lakes Taiko Center in Southeast Michigan. Her interest in taiko was sparked in college while watching a Kodo concert with her husband. Years later they took their four kids to see taiko in Minnesota, igniting an exciting path from her first taiko class (2001) to her joyful experience as a performing member of Mu Daiko (2005-2009).
Natalie Hudson is the Artistic Director of Kaminari Taiko in Houston, Texas, USA. Since 2008 she has performed and created programs to reach new students and share free performances with underserved audiences. Natalie trains students of all ages and leads a diverse ensemble. Her passion for vibrant, high-energy performance and background in mathematics and teaching support her ongoing quest to develop fun, engaging methods for learning and teaching taiko skills.
Lisa Shiota, founding member, Miyako Taiko and stage manager/group liaison, Sakura Taiko Takeover, part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC, USA. She studies with Mark H Rooney and has assisted teaching the Recreational Class in the Mark H Taiko School. Lisa has studied shinobue with Kaoru Watanabe, and performs as a soloist and with ensembles.