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Women and Taiko: JOURNEY
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.

Dec 17, 2019 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Michelle Fujii
MICHELLE FUJII, (co-host) taiko artist and Co-director of Unit Souzou, creates contemporary work through the art forms of 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 Young
KAREN S. YOUNG (co-host) is a cultural organizer, artist, and educator living in Boston, MA. Karen is most interested in the intersection of art, grassroots organizing, and policy. She was selected as 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. Karen received her taiko training as a founding member of Odaiko New England under the leadership of Elaine Fong, and has been part of the North American Taiko Community since 1997.