I am a performer, teacher, and healer who specializes in world fusion music. I was featured in San Francisco Magazine’s Best of the Bay for yoga music. My studies include:
- Western Classical piano 1980-1992
- Didgeridoo, djembe, Arabic tambourine 1999-current
- Indian classical music (tabla percussion and esraj strings) 2002-4 at Viswa Bharati University, West Bengal
- Classical voice (Community Music Center) 2006-current
- Harmonica 2009-current
- Sanskrit Mantra and Chanting (Yoga Society of SF) 2006
- Tamalpa Practitioner, Graduate of 3-year expressive arts training program (2011-14)
- Drama Therapy Training and Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance Graduate (Living Arts Counseling Center) 2015
I was born in South Korea and adopted as a baby by an American woman who worked for the US embassy. I also have an older adopted sister from Taiwan. I grew up in South Korea, Nepal, Liberia, and the US. As an adult, I have lived in Peru, India, and South Korea in addition to my home base here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pomona College with a BA in Indian history.
I realized that I had more book learning than life wisdom and set off on a healing journey working on farms in Europe, Borneo, and Ladakh and then studying yoga, meditation, reiki and music for 2 years. I used to be a community organizer and activist working on living wage campaigns in the US. This work satisfied my deep hunger for social justice and also gave me clarity that rage was fueling my work, and that I needed to attend to some of my own wounds around adoption and gender, sexual and racial identities in addition to trying to transform social institutions and systems that create this wounding. Fortunately, I found music and healing practices instrumental in transforming my pain into beauty and acceptance.
These days, I am passionate about art as activism and a tool for personal and social change. I volunteered as a teen and family retreat counselor at Spirit Rock Meditation Center facilitating mindfulness workshops for years and also have worked with the adoption community as a counselor. I love combining expressive practices and mindfulness in my work. My mission is to speak my truth and help free people’s voices. As a genderqueer and queer Asian American performer and teacher, I am committed to spreading the love frequency to create a world of justice and peace.
In 2011, I launched the Free Your Voice series that helps people sing, sound, and speak their truths with more confidence and freedom. I share all the resources that have helped me on my own journey of empowerment and watch people bloom!
Since 2013, I have been co-facilitating a Solidarity and Inclusive Leadership 5-day training with Juli Rees that helps people examine racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism and other issues through expressive arts and drama. This diversity training creates a space for deep sharing and listening through embodied arts practices and fosters feelings of connection and solidarity. We have shorter workshop options as well.
Armand Volkas, who started the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, and I also co-facilitate workshops on adoption for adult adoptees using the drama therapy and expressive arts.