Janet Koike’s passion for taiko has inspired original compositions, combining rhythm and movement into an exciting performance style. As a vital part of San Jose Taiko her work has been a highlight of the group’s national concert tours from Arsenio Hall to Carnegie Hall. Blending traditional San Francisco Taiko Dojo training with custom built techno taiko, Janet performed with D’CuCKOO at the Cleveland Bicentennial and Macy’s Passport with Cirque du Soleil. Janet has performed in Hong Kong at the “New Dimensions Festival” with Mark Izu, and Brenda Wong Aoki, toured Indonesia with Keith Terry’s Body Tjak and performed with Jennifer Berezan, Kenny Endo, Ondekoza’s Marco Lienhard, Anthony Brown with the Asian Jazz Orchestra and Theatre Yugen.
Janet has recently returned from mounting a new work for Odaiko New England and showcasing at the APAP conference in New York.
See the Rhythmix web site for more information about Janet and her current projects.