Yumi Tamashiro trained as a pianist but “converted” to percussion, drawn by the allure of teaching drumline. From there, her undergraduate 20th century music history class sparked an interest in contemporary music that has persisted to this day. Since acquiring her masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, Yumi has worked as a freelance percussionist based in New York City. She has developed a strong interest in performing with electronics and visual media and has begun collaborating with animation artists and dancers.
Yumi has performed at venues such as the Tennessee Theater, the Kennedy Center, The Stone, the Bohemian National Hall, and (Le) Poisson Rouge and has performed on a range of projects including the Big Ears Festival (2014), Eaux Claire Festival (2016), Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, the Ecstatic Music Festival, and Found Sound Nation. Her repertoire includes works by Elliot Carter, Steve Reich, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Daniel Wohl, and Iannis Xenakis, among others. She has had the privilege of performing with groups such as Nexus, Ensemble LPR, Acopladitos, Balún, and Mivos Quartet.
Yumi is the Managing Director for Sō Percussion and Emily Johnson/Catalyst, and Festival Coordinator for the Sō Percussion Summer Institute. Her work as an arts administrator includes tour managing, grant writing, and production managing. She has also been on the production team for several performances by the Talea Ensemble.
Here is a performance of Jason Treuting’s paper melodies (my music box music).