Keynote Speaker

We are honored to have Alan Okada as the keynote speaker for ECTC 2013.


Alan Okada and his wife Merle are founding and performing members of Soh Daiko,

the first taiko group on the east coast. Founded in 1979, Soh Daiko has supported
the growth and development of community based taiko groups and been supported
in turn by the extraordinary community of taiko leaders, teachers and groups in Japan
and North America. Soh Daiko has performed in venues as diverse as Sesame Street,
MTV, Carnegie Hall and the United Nations, and with artists that included Kodo, Korn,
Kanye West and the Muppets. Most importantly, Soh Daiko has performed for local
Obons, community festivals and celebrations every year since it was created.

Alan chairs the Kodo Art Sphere America (KASA) board and has served on the advisory
committee of the North American Taiko Conference since the first conference in 1997.
Until his retirement from the corporate world in 2011, he served as the vice president
of the Citigroup Foundation, vice chairman of the Advisory Council of the Leopold
Kronenberg Foundation in Poland, treasurer for the Asian American Arts Alliance, and
as a member of both the International Committee of the Council on Foundations and the
Corporate Advisory Committee of the American Red Cross.


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