Seiko tachibana | artist
SEIKO TACHIBANA was born in Japan and completed her Masters of Art Education at Kobe University, Japan. She received an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and has since received many awards including Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award. She has been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her distinctive work balances Asian tradition with minimalist modernity. Tachibana’s work has shown internationally also can be found in the Los Angeles County Museum, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco the Legion of the Honor, Portland Art Museum as well as a number of other museums, institutios and individual collections throughout USA, Europe and Japan.
KAREN EARLE LILE | art director | writer
KAREN EARLE LILE was born in San Francisco and completed her Bachelor’s of Art Degree at the University of Texas at Austin, with studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She received special honors in English. Lile’s poetry has been published in national anthologies and her journalism contributions have been international. She is the Art Director for the USPS Building Bridges Special Postal Cancelation Series (since 1996). She was commissioned by the Oakland Symphony to write the libretto for a symphonic/choral work titled, “Break Free on Wings of Music” that has also been arranged in the styles of swing and tango. She is the author of the concepts of Art on Piano™ and the concept/words for Complementary Skills
KENDALL ROSS BEAN | piano rebuilder | Composer | Pianist
KENDALL ROSS BEAN was born in Oakland and completed his Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at University of Texas at Austin, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Performance at Brigham Young University with studies at University of California at Berkeley. Bean is a member of the Preservation Artisan’s Guild with over 40 years of experience rebuilding pianos for the company he co-founded with Karen Lile, Piano Finders. He has inspected and documented the designs and condition of over 3,400 pianos and taken more than 20,000 photographs of his rebuilding work and the work of other artisans, including the hidden signatures that remain from the craftsman that are no longer living. He is also a composer, concert pianist and historian, which adds rich dimensions to his approach to everything to do with the piano.