Japanese-American poet Naoko Fujimoto joins Japanese Wadaiko Drummer Erika Fujii for an unforgettable collaborative event.
Doors at 7, event at 7:30. Free and open to the public. Free snacks, cash bar.
Erika Fujii went to Russia at the age of 14, attended the Bolshoi ballet Academy, and studied under Irina Lazareva, the master of ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre. In 2013, she joined the professional Wadaiko (Japanese drum) group named "Samurai Drum IKKI" and became a Japanese Taiko drummer.
As a performing group member of IKKI, she has been performing all over Japan as well as internationally. Her activities include a wide range of performances, including solo performances on stage, live music clubs, bars, corporate events, and even nursing homes. She collaborated with dancers and a recently in new comedy she appeared as a Japanese drummer.
In addition to performing, she teaches Wadaiko and serves as an advisor, spreading the art of taiko through workshops to foreigners.
Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University South Bend. Her forthcoming poetry collections are "Mother Said, I Want Your Pain", winner of the Shared Dream Immigrant Contest by Backbone Press (spring, 2018), "Where I Was Born", winner of the editor's choice by Willow Books (spring, 2019), and "Glyph:Graphic Poetry=Trans. Sensory" by Tupelo Press (winter, 2019). Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press and another short collection, “Silver Seasons of Heartache” by Glass Lyre Press, are available from each press. www.naokofujimoto.com
This event is organized in collaboration with Indiana University South Bend, and is made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County (http://cfsjc.org).