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
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
Julianne Quimby Operations Manager
Julianne is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz and a transplant to San Francisco. Actively engaged with the Bay Area arts community, she is passionate about cross-cultural communications, art education, and cultural diplomacy. Julianne is an avid traveler and her love of culture, language, and art have brought her to many different countries around the globe. As Operations Manager, she enjoys spreading the word about Rhythmix's events and programs, introducing new audiences to the space, and performing as a Yay Girl in Rhythmix's ongoing bingo series.
Kiera is an Alameda native in her senior year at San Francisco State University, with a passion for music, events, and anything that combines the two! In July 2013, while looking for volunteer opportunities with Bay Area arts centers, Kiera found Rhythmix. From volunteer to intern, she values the supportive community that is Rhythmix. Kiera is very proud to have been apart of RCW’s first annual Wine, Women, and Song fundraiser and celebration. After graduation in 2015 (yay!) Kiera has plans to move across the pond, indefinitely. Until then, you can catch her manning the RCW box office at your next event.
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.
Lillian hails from Alameda, having moved to the island after graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Film Studies. She is currently working on her MFA in Web Design at Academy of Art in SF and enjoys anything that allows the intersection of design, art, and education. Luckily, this helps her funnel her skills as Rhythmix's Web and Graphic Design Intern. In her free time, she volunteers as a middle school youth worker at her local church.
Angelica Pique is a film student at Academy of Art University. Before given the opportunity to create videos at Rhythmix, she was an assistant wedding videographer and intern at a local television station. Currently she enjoys shooting and editing videos of the events, concerts, and shows for Rhythmix!