Bonnie Soon

Bonnie is an artist with an active history in many aspects of the art world. She began her performing career as a professional dancer touring with numerous companies including: the Paula Ross Modern Dance Company, Kokoro Dance, and Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre. Bonnie has professional credits in stage management and has worked in all aspects of media production from graphic design to video production.

Bonnie joined Uzume Taiko in 1991 as a core drummer and has toured regularly nationally and internationally since. She has served as artistic director since 1999, initiating new collaboration concerts with musicians, dancers and storytellers.

Bonnie also works as an artistic educator with the UBC HeART cohort and in Lower Mainland school districts through Artist-in-Residence programs. She has mentored World Music students at the BC Festival of the Arts and led taiko drum workshops for B.C. Music Educators, B.C. Recreation & Parks staff, International Baccalaureate students, World Music Youth Summer camps, the Ailanthus Achievement Centre and at regional and North American taiko gatherings. Bonnie builds and repairs taiko drums and works on innovative designs to make taiko equipment more accessible to the public.

Bonnie studied taiko drumming with John Greenaway, Eileen Kage and Leslie Komori in Vancouver and in workshops with members of Kodo, Seiichi Tanaka and Tiffany Tamarabuchi at various North American taiko gatherings. She studied hand drumming at the SFU World Music Percussion Intensive with Sal Ferreras, Glen Velez, Trichy Sankaran and Modesto Amegago.