Triangle Project - Artist Bios

Yoko Fujimoto
Yoko Fujimoto is a performing member and principal singer of Kodo, the Japanese taiko ensemble from Sado. She also performs with Hanayui, a three-woman ensemble and Ninin-Angya, a duet with her husband Yoshikazu Fujimoto who is also a veteran member of Kodo. Yoko instructs voice and singing for the Kodo Apprentice Center and also conducts internationally her "Voice Circle," an innovative workshop that passes on the art of singing to anyone. Yoko composes music for her own work and for other artists, some which have been published on CD. Her exploration of voice through her "Voice Circles" and building relationships with Japanese communities outside of Japan have become commitments for Yoko’s work as an individual and as a member of Kodo. She first met taiko groups in the Japanese communities in the US when she was a touring member of Ondekoza in the 1970’s. Since then, she has taken a deep interest in Japanese American history, culture, and the Japanese Americans’ connection to taiko. Yoko has traveled twenty-four times to Japanese communities abroad including the US, Canada, Cuba and the Dominican Republic where she has conducted workshops, collaborated, and performed in concerts as a soloist, and as a member of Kodo, Hanayui and Ninin-Angya.

PJ Hirabayashi
PJ Hirabaya
shi is a founding member of San Jose Taiko. She is currently its creative director, directing the organization’s audition/training program, residency programs, and special workshops for taiko groups and schools. She is also a full-time performer with the group. Her principal instruments are the taiko and nohkan (Japanese Noh flute), and she has composed numerous works for SJT’s diverse repertoire. As a solo guest artist, she has performed with Hiroshima, David Benoit, Ondekoza, San Jose Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. She is the recipient of the Pacific Asian Women's Warrior Award in the Arts and the Santa Clara County's Women's Fund Award in the Arts.

Nobuko Miyamoto
Nobuko Miyamoto is an artist who makes songs and theater works that grow from her personal quest and her involvement in the community. She was active in the As
ian American Movement, and in 1973, recorded the first album of contemporary Asian American music, "A Grain of Sand," with Chris Iijima and Charlie Chin. That album went on to become part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection, and she has since recorded several more, including "The Best of Both Worlds" and "To All Relations," available on the Bindu Records label. In 1978, Nobuko founded Great Leap, which has since grown into a thriving multicultural performing arts group. She is currently the Artistic Director of Great Leap, where she directs the organization’s community residency program, performs her one-woman show, and serves as a guest lecturer nationwide. In 2003, Nobuko became the proud recipient of the Leadership for a Changing World award, a program of the Ford Foundation that recognizes national leaders who are developing creative solutions to tough social problems.

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