About the Founder

What does an individual do who has a degree in Politics, an MBA, experience working in the public, non-profit and public sector, thirty plus years of taiko teaching and performing experience, fundraising knowledge, and a passion to “give back to the community”?

For Elaine Fong, she has created a new venture, Rhythms in Life.

Elaine Fong photoMs. Fong is the founder and former Artistic Director of Odaiko New England (www.onetaiko.org), the first professional taiko group in Massachusetts. Her taiko experience includes being a former member of the New York City based group, Taikoza; honorary member of Soh Daiko; and a member of the East Bay group, Maze taiko. She has over 30 years of taiko performance, teaching and administrative experience. Ms. Fong has taught taiko, Taketina and rhythm workshops and classes throughout New England, New York and California. Splitting her time between the East and West Coasts, Ms. Fong currently consults, teaches, performs, leads Taketina workshops, and works with artists in the New England area and in Northern California.

Ms. Fong’s taiko compositions have included taiko-theater, spoken word, and investigations into the archetypal nature of rhythm. She has composed musical works for choreographers (Arawana Hayashi, Richard Colton and Amy Spencer, Tara Ahmed), for theater companies (Animus Ensemble and Concord Academy) and for film (the short, “Razor Man”).

Ms. Fong has received taiko instruction from Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, artistic director of San Francisco Taiko Dojo; renowned taiko soloist Kenny Endo, artistic director of the Taiko Center of the Pacific; Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Artistic Director of the Sacramento Taiko Dan; the world-renowned Kodo drummers of Japan.

Ms. Fong has also studied intensively with Reinhard and Cornelia Flatischler, co-developers of the Taketina rhythm facilitation process (www.taketina.org). Ms. Fong has over ten years of dance training, and is a certified taketina rhythm facilitator, advanced level (www.taketina.com).

Ms. Fong has over twenty years of not-for-profit administrative experience. From 1995 – 1998, she served as a Community Fellow at the Boston Foundation, where she helped to develop the Foundation’s arts grantmaking program. Ms. Fong received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Yale School of Organization and Management. Ms. Fong serves as Treasurer to Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda (www.rhythmix.org), and is on the board and treasurer of Odaiko New England (www.onetaiko.org)