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Joe is a solo taiko performer, a performing member of pioneering solo taiko artist Hayshi Eitetsu’s elite professional ensemble, Fu-Un no Kai, and a member of the taiko group Prota. Currently, Joe is finishing up his MFA studies at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, where he’s been investigating the relationships between contemporary choreography and taiko drumming. In this interview, we talk about his master’s thesis concert Spall Fragments, which took place on Saturday, April 11, 2015. We discuss the thoughts, discourses, and experiences that shaped the development of this show described as a “bombastic mix of taiko, contemporary choreography, and theatrical dialogue.”