Michelle Fujii - Guest Artist
ShastaYama 2011 Guest Artist
Michelle Fujii is known for her innovative fusion of taiko and dance and is recognized as a leader in the development of taiko in America. She is the Artistic Director of Oregon's Portland Taiko.
|ShastaYama 2008 || Photo: Jim Gilmore|
Michelle started taiko training as a youngster with San Jose Taiko and later led UCLA Kyodo Taiko. Michelle rejoined San Jose Taiko and toured the United States. She also has toured with On Ensemble and TaikoProject.
Ms. Fujii received a Bunka-cho fellowship from the Japanese government to study with one of Japan's foremost traditional folk dance groups, Warabiza and dance master, Shohei Kikuchi. She and husband Toru Watanabe combine dance and taiko and collaborate with various artists. Ms. Fujii serves on the North American Taiko Conference Advisory Board.
|ShastaYama 2007 || Photo: Tom Pava|
Since 2002, Michelle has been a perennial Shasta Taiko guest artist and a large part of ShastaYama's success.