Franco Imperial has been on full-time artistic staff for San Jose Taiko since 2000 and became Artistic Director of the company in 2011. His taiko career has developed since 1998 under the close guidance of 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows Roy & PJ Hirabayashi. Franco performs nationally and internationally in concerts, residencies, and festivals, composes original works, and leads SJT's company rehearsals, public workshops, and master classes. His work includes leading collaboration projects with artists such as Abhinaya Dance Company, 5-time Grammy Award-nominee John Santos, NEA Heritage Fellow Danongan Kalanduyan, artist/teacher Dan Sabanovich, and The Bangerz (DJ Crew for JABBAWOCKEEZ). Franco grew up in Lake Jackson, TX.