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Taiko player Tiffany Tamaribuchi holds two bachi (taiko drum sticks) over her head. The words "Welcome Tiffany Sensei" appear at the top.

Welcome, Tiffany Tamaribuchi

Portland Taiko is honored to announce Tiffany Tamaribuchi is Portland Taiko’s new Artistic Director. For more than 25 years, Tiffany has been an inspiration to Portland Taiko: as instructor, guest performer and composer. She’s always showing us new ways to connect with the spirit of taiko and share it with our community. We couldn’t be more excited to open a new chapter with Tiffany and can’t wait to start our artistic journey with her. 

We offer sincere and heartfelt thanks to those who have supported Portland Taiko over the years. We are also grateful to two major funders, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the Marie Lamfrom Foundation. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.

Tiffany will officially join the Portland Taiko family in late summer 2023. Until then, please mark your calendar for:

Photo Credit: Katherine Saunders

Kelsey Furuta

I first saw Portland Taiko perform at the Regional Taiko Gathering in Seattle (my hometown) in 1998. I had been playing taiko with my youth group for about 5 years, but when Portland Taiko took the stage, I knew immediately I wanted to join them someday. I was a summer intern with Portland Taiko in 2006 and also performed with Tsunami Taiko in Seattle, TaikoProject in Los Angeles and Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble in Honolulu. 

I joined Portland Taiko’s artistic staff in 2009. Since then I’ve been a performer, instructor, performance coordinator and education coordinator. 

As the Executive Administrator I will:

  • Handle logistics and promotion for major concerts and events
  • Work collaboratively with the Artistic Director
  • Facilitate grant writing 
  • Work on donor communications

I always wondered why a taiko player would want to work for a taiko organization vs. actually performing. Now that I’m a parent, it completely makes sense to me! I don’t have the space in my life right now to attend rehearsals and performances. Until I can return to the drums, it’s truly an honor to be able to support our performers and our mission in a new way for me. 

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