About the Artists


Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble

Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble (SYTE), founded in 1999, goes beyond the beat of the taiko drum to use music, theater and dance as a medium to express the human condition as it relates to its environment, community and its future. While the four artists that make up SYTE have a concern for classicism in the structure of their compositions, their direction is a head-on challenge to the predominating conventional treatment of taiko by using their interdisciplinary imagination and their revolutionary approach to taiko choreography. http://www.taikoensemble.com/


Music at Mission Chamber Players

Aileen Chanco, Piano has been hailed by critics as "astonishing" and her playing has been described as "commanding" and "steeped in expressiveness and tastefulness to the core". She has appeared in performance both nationally and internationally and is founding Director and Artistic Director for Music at the Mission. Read More

Michael Graham, Cello has been elequently described as playing with "smooth elegance" [SF Classical Voice] He studied at Eastman School of Music & Yale University and is also a former member of the Chagall String Quartet, winner of a rural residency grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Robin Mayforth, Violin is Symphony Silicon Valley's concertmaster and has soloed with numerous orchestras across the U.S. She was founding violinst of the Naumburg Award winning, Lark Quartet which toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada and Russia. Read More

Rhonda Bradetich, Flute Idaho native Rhonda Bradetich was chosen to perform for the Idaho Governor's Awards in the Arts in 1994. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Orquestra de Monterrey, Mexico, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Read More


Artist Kathy Fujii-Oka

Kathy Fujii-Oka From an early age I found inspiration and deep resonance in the offerings of nature. I was born in Berkeley as a third generation Japanese-American to parents who owned and operated a wholesale plant nursery in the East Bay Area. Growing up, I was inquisitive and enchanted with the surrounding palette of plants and beautiful flowers while touring the grounds with my father. This led to me learning the trade and working in the family business for twenty years. Read More


Mike Inouye, Master of Ceremonies

South Bay native Mike Inouye is NBC Bay Area's weekday morning traffic anchor. Mike Inouyes roots are in technology. He first joined NBC Bay Area as an Internet Reporter. He then served as an IT Technician at the station before making the jump from behind the scenes to in front of the camera. Reporting on traffic for Bay Area commuters, he says he finally has a job that encompasses his passion for technology, communication, and live performance. Read More

Photos from Sendai, by Michael Tonge

Michael Tonge, is an educator living Sendai-shi, MIyagi prefecture, Japan. Originally from London, England, Michael had been living in Japan for several years when the devasting earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku region. Pitching in with friends and co-workers Michael has helped the many who were displaced from the disaster of last year. He has photographed extensively the areas affected and has graciously allowed us to use his photos for our event. Thank you Michael.



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