Ioanida Costache is a violinist, videographer, and Roma activist. She hails from Milwaukie, Oregon, where her parents landed after immigrating in 1985 from Bucharest, Romania. Currently, Ioanida is a PhD candidate in ethno/musicology at Stanford University. Her work explores issues of race and ethnicity, performance/construction of identity, cultural memory, trauma, and history as they intersect in Romani musico-oral traditions. short documentary film, Light Upon (2014) paints a portrait of her violin teacher, Nicu Ciotoi and touches on issues of identity and heritage through musical transmission. She received a B.A. from Amherst College where she studied musicology and violin performance.