Tomie Hahn is a performer and ethnologist whose activities span a wide range of topics including: Japanese traditional performing arts, Monster Truck rallies, issues of identity and creative expression of multiracial individuals, and relationships of technology and culture; interactive dance/movement performance; and gestural control and extended human/computer interface in the performing arts. She holds degrees in Art History, Music Performance, and Ethnomusicology. She is a teacher/performer of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and of nihon buyo (Japanese traditional dance) holding the professional stage name, Samie Tachibana. Over twenty years ago Hahn began studying shakuhachi with Ralph Samuelson and has had the great fortune to study with Goro Yamaguchi in Tokyo.|
Hahn has performed and lectured at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, Japan Society, Asia Society, The Freer-Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, MIT Media Lab, Franklin Furnace, ABC No Rio, Mobius, and Galapagos Art Space.
She has collaborated with Curtis Bahn, for several decades in the development of new experimental intermedia works and new performance technologies. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Art Byte, and the Rensselaer magazine. At RPI they plan to continue their work in Human/Computer Interface development for the performing arts.
Hahn is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.