3PM-5PM (Pacific Time) Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Join a lively 2 hour panel discussion and Q&A with experienced women taiko artists featuring:
PJ HIRABAYASHI is a taiko performer, teacher, collaborator, composer and the founder/activator of TaikoPEACE—Taiko Partnerships in Empathy And Creative Empowerment. She is an original member and Artistic Director Emeritus of San Jose Taiko, founded in San Jose Japantown in 1973. PJ and her husband, Roy Hirabayashi, have been awarded the National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 2011, the USA’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts.
TIFFANY TAMARIBUCHI is co-founder and director of the Sacramento Taiko Dan, professional women’s wadaiko ensemble Jodaiko, and the North American Kasuga Onigumi. She has performed and toured internationally with a number of notable groups and artists from throughout Japan and North America, including Za Ondekoza, Taikoza, and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo.
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 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.