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Creative Team

The TAIKOPROJECT team is made up of the best and brightest young taiko performers in the U.S.  Since its founding, the group has been fiercely gender-balanced and has embraced the multi-cultural openness that has allowed the art form to thrive in America. 

 

Staff
Bryan Yamami
Executive Director

Masato Baba
Artistic Director

 

Performers
Jen Baik
Andrew Chen
Courtney Deguchi
Darren Endo
Keiko Harada
Liz Ishida
Jenny Mimura
Blaine O'Brien
Yumi Saito
Doug Sakamoto
Brian Yamagata

Apprentice
Audrey Tu

Trainees
Risa Isogawa
Kaz Mogi
Michael Ponder
 

 
 

Board of Directors

TAIKOPROJECT's Board of Directors is made up of a committed team of community leaders with a diverse range of talents and specialties, dedicated to moving the organization forward and expanding our capacity.

 

Bryan Yamami
President

Belle Okada
Treasurer 

Lisa Shimamoto
Secretary

 

Robert Hori
Nancy Okubo
Jeanne Sakamoto
Steven Yoda
Directors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Technical Staff

We are so grateful to work with these amazing technicians,  designers, and craftspeople who help us create and bring our shows to life.

 

Scott LeGrand
Lighting Design

Glenn Suravech
Sound Design

Sueko Oshimoto
Costume Design

Asano Taiko Co., Ltd.
Instruments

Rob Hammer
Kim Nakashima
Tim Trumble
Photography

Michael Jury
Jenny San Angel
Videography