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.
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
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.
is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of the Arts
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.