Young Park was born in South Korea and her family moved to Boston Massachusetts when she was 7- years-old. She began studying music (viola) at the age of ten, attending New England Conservatory Prep School and Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Oberlin College, she pursued further studies at University of Michigan, receiving her Master’s degree, and co-founding SAFMOD (now based in Cleveland, OH), a multi-disciplinary performing arts group that focused on the creation of original pieces, integrating music and dance styles from different cultures. As Artistic Director of SAFMOD from 1993-2004, she created numerous original choreography, influenced by movement styles like Butoh, Contact Improv, capoeira and stilting.
Young continues to be interested in the combination of movement and music and is currently drawn to Taiko’s aesthetic, a boiled down essence of movement and rhythm drawn from the primal energy of the drum. Since joining Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers in 2007, Young has taken on a leadership role in the group. She was the project director of the Toronto Taiko Festival in 2012, and currently the managing director of RAW.
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