Janet Koike Artistic Director/Founder
In the early 80's Koike Textile, hand printed women's fashions, taught Janet how to run an artist owned business. At 30, Janet changed careers, to teaching dance and movement through Oakland Park and Recreation and became been an Artist in Resident for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts, in Head Start Programs. This led to a position as Arts School Program Coordinator for the Oakland Museum. Then, following the call of the drums she joined the artistic staff of San Jose Taiko as Outreach Coordinator, creating, performing and booking approximately 150 school shows through out the Bay Area. In 1998 Rhythmix world percussion ensemble was formed. In 1999 RCW became a 501 (c) (3) organization, with then intention of someday creating a community arts space. That day has come.
Tina Blaine Executive Director
In June of 2010, Bean's role at RCW shifted to executive director. Long inspired by global traditions and spontaneous music-making, Tina Blaine (also known by her stage name, “Bean”) previously led a double life as a media interactivist, musician/rhythmic facilitator and an entertainment technology and museum consultant. Blaine has a Masters of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and taught at CMU from 2000 – 2006. She has studied and traveled extensively through Africa, Asia, South America and the South Pacific developing a multicultural appreciation and awareness of the importance of music and rhythm as a part of well-being in everyday life. Her clients include a range of companies in the non-profit, education and entertainment sectors. Bean wears many hats at Rhythmix and is currently working on grants, fundraising and getting folks to "feel the beat" in her Wednesday night drum class and family workshops.
To find out more about bean, please visit www.jamodrum.net or Hands-On Rhythm & Technology