Jennifer Weir has been passionately studying, performing, teaching and composing taiko for the past two decades.  She was one of the original members of Mu Daiko, founded in 1997 by Rick Shiomi, and is Mu Daiko's current Artistic Director. She is also a theater director and dramaturg with Mu Performing Arts and a past recipient of grants from the Live Music for Dance MN, MN State Arts Board, MN Regional Arts Board, Arts International, American Composers Forum and Jerome MN Travel Grant.  She credits Iris and Rick with inspiring and mentoring her throughout her taiko career.  She is a lifelong fan of Iris's work and is thrilled and honored to join her latest artistic adventure, ensemble-MA.