Taiko Performer and Teacher
Chieko Kojima travels the world to perform, collaborate, and teach, sharing her extensive experience in both taiko drumming and dances that are deeply rooted in Japanese culture. She first encountered Japanese folk dancing in 1976 and went on to become a founding member of Kodo in 1981. In addition to her work with Kodo, Chieko-san has produced and directed concerts and other special events, traveled to Europe as a Japan Cultural Envoy from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, co-created a photo storybook based on the tale of “Anchin and Kiyohime,” and continues to ambitiously broaden her expressive outlets, seeking out new encounters and collaborations with artists and taiko groups within Japan and throughout the world. She actively teaches her signature piece, “Hana Hachijo,” which combines taiko and dance into a graceful and powerful performance, to taiko enthusiasts around the world.
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