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A Place for Community - Creativity - Cultural Exchange 

Mission Statement

Rhythmix Cultural Works brings people of all ages together to experience and explore music, dance, visual art and educational opportunities. RCW seeks to promote cultural awareness, encourage participation in the arts, and support artists in the presentation of their work.


Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) opened its doors in 2007. The 501(c) (3) was established in 1999 as the umbrella for RhythMix world music ensemble and RCW cultural exchange programs. From 1999-2002, RCW coordinated six successful cultural exchange trips to Cuba and Japan. During this same period, the RhythMix ensemble (now Maze Daiko) reached thousands of children through San Francisco Symphony Adventures in Music, Young Audiences and Bread & Roses programs. Inspired by these experiences, Artistic Director-Janet Koike, spent five years renovating an industrial space in Alameda to provide a home for RCW.

On June 2, 2007 RCW opened its doors to over 1400 people with a day of free community performances and a gala evening event representing a wealth of diverse artists in the Bay Area. RCW recently celebrated its third year Anniversary with a similar offering of free performances and workshops. Despite a challenging economic climate during its first four years of operation, RCW has served approximately 30,000 visitors with culturally mixed presentations of music, dance, theater and classes in our beautifully renovated 150-seat theater, art gallery, and classroom facilities. As nearly half of these visitors come from other parts of the bay area, RCW believes the continued growth of its audience contributes to a positive economic ripple effect on local businesses.

RCW productions include the Rhythmix World Music Series and Island Arts Concert Series featuring artists such as John Santos Sextet (Latin Jazz), Edgardo Cambon & Candela (Salsa), Brass Menazeri, Helladelics & Janam (Balkan), LaTiDo (AfroCuban), Melanie DeMore (African American Roots & Spirituals), Trio Garufa (Tango), Marina V (Russian Pop), Tom Rigney & Flambeau (Cajun), Mark Izu & Brenda Wong Aoki's Kabuki Jazz Cabaret, Hot Club of San Francisco (Gypsy Swing), Jackeline Rago and the Venezuelan Music Project, Jorge Alabe’s Samba Rio (Brazilian Samba) and Mary Ellen Donald (Arabian percussion). RCW has also presented early and contemporary music with Joan Jeanrenaud‘s “4 Cellos”, The Ives Quartet, DoubleTake, Musical Art Quintet, SF Balalaika Ensemble, Ed Holmes in “Subhuman – Tales Beneath the Sea,” Natasha Miller (Jazz), Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater and Kodo artists “Hanayui” from Japan. RCW has presented Theater RAB from Germany, Keith Terry & Kenny Endo (Improvisational percussion & Japanese taiko), Shabnam (Belly Dance), Tomas Michaud (Flamenco), Circus Finelli and Bronkar’s Circus of Sound (Circus Arts), Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums (Swing Jazz), Wake the Dead (Celtic), Gamelan Sekar Jaya & Destiny Arts (Gamelan/HipHop collaboration), Moh Alileche (Moroccan Berber), Mano a Mano con Chile (South American), Maze Daiko (Japanese Taiko), Ojala (Cuban folkloric music) Accordion Babes, Beth Custer, Chelle & Friends, and much more.


  • Offer the community access to a wide range of high quality art experiences.
  • Encourage community awareness through participation in the arts.
  • Provide artists support to develop and present new work and find new audiences.
  • Establish an affordable venue for local artists, community events and gatherings.