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 the intention of someday creating a community arts space. That day has come.
Tina Blaine 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 as the Executive Director of Rhythmix, from working on grants, fundraising and outreach in the community to 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
Laili Gohartaj Operations Manager
Laili joined Rhythmix in 2015 coming from a background full of music, art, and nonprofit administration. Laili holds a Bachelors of Music in Clarinet Performance and Masters of Arts in Creative Writing both from Holy Names University. While at HNU she explored her interests in Middle Eastern music, sound healing, 19th and 20th century chamber music, feature writing and poetry. Since leaving HNU Laili has gone on to manage administration and operations for nonprofits in the performing arts, publishing, and education. Laili was drawn to Rhythmix for its diversity of programming and mission to promote cultural awareness and encourage participation in the arts. She is especially happy to oversee the PAL program, which provides Alameda and Oakland students with an opportunity to experience world music and dance free of charge. In her free time Laili is a competitive sweep rower, occasionally plays in chamber groups, and is an artist focusing on pottery, fused glass, mosaic and collage. To learn more about her artwork please visit www.LailiBug.com
Phong Chung Media Marketing, Web Content & SEO Manager
Phong joined Rhythmix at the beginning of 2014 summer as a media marketing intern. With a strong interest in the performing arts, he is drawn to the rich artistic culture that exists within Rhythmix. Currently, he manages various aspects of online media marketing, web content, and analytics with a splash of creativity. When Phong is offline, you can find him at a hip food joint or the outdoors; exploring the world around us.