Recorded April 07, 2016. 58 minute, 44 MB mp3 file.
From the Taiko Trek 2016 website:
A “Distinguished Alumni” of SF Taiko Dojo and former Artistic Director of Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, Mui has spent the last 33 years as a multifaceted performing artist/producer/educator working in the fields of contemporary dance, dance theater, world music and Taiko. As a dancer, he received his degree in Modern Dance & Choreography from CalArts, and then went on to work with the likes of MacArthur Fellow and Tony Award winning choreographer, Bill T. Jones, and George Coates Performance Works. As Taiko Artist he has shared the stage with luminaries within the jazz, world music and Taiko scene such as Kenny Endo, Riley Lee, Marcus Shelby, Kyoungil Ong and others. As a director, he has created ongoing Taiko productions for Disneyland and the Hotel Nikko SF. He currently serves as Executive Producer/Director for the SF World Percussion Arts Festival and as an itinerant Taiko Educator for the SF Unified School District. He founded his Taiko School in San Francisco, Maikaze Daiko, in 2007 and received an Isadora Duncan nomination in the category of music for his work with longtime collaborator, Krissy Keefer & Dance Brigade.
During our conversation, we discuss Mui’s performance history, his combination of dance and taiko, and his approach to both performance and production. We also talk about the Taiko Trek Summer Taiko Camp that will be taking place this July in Mt. Shasta, CA.