Founder of Gen Taiko, Melody Takata, is a multi-faceted artist trained in Japanese Classical Dance, Taiko and Shamisen. She has been performing for over 20 years in Japan and the US, with the mission of promoting, presenting and participating in Japanese and Japanese American culture through Taiko (Japanese Drumming) and other traditional and contemporary music and dance forms. Deeply rooted in San Francisco’s Japantown and in the Asian American Community, Melody Takata engages in art-making that merges Japanese cultural forms, Taiko, dance and folk songs with new music, spoken word and visual design into expressions that honor community heritage. 


Gen Odori (Assembly)

Gen Taiko (Assembly)