Artistic Director, Portland Taiko
Michelle Fujii creates contemporary work as a fourth-generation Japanese American through the art forms of taiko and Japanese folk dance, placing traditional ethnic art within the present. Known for her innovative fusion of taiko and dance, she started her taiko training as a performing member of San Jose Taiko. After graduating with a degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, she was awarded a fellowship from the Japanese government to study with Japan’s foremost traditional folk dance troupe, Warabi-za. Ms. Fujii has played with numerous groups, including TAIKOPROJECT, Ōn Ensemble, and Shasta Taiko. She is currently the Artistic Director of Portland Taiko.
Taiko: The Powerful Expression of Nikkei Identity [AUDIO]
Michelle Fujii, Artistic Director, Portland Taiko
Craig Ishii, Executive Director, Kizuna
Stanley N. Shikuma, Tule Lake Committee
Rick Shiomi, Artistic Director, Mu Performing Arts
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Cedar A & B
Topic: Speaking Up