Past Performances & Events July 2014–present

Gig History July 2010–June 2013
Gig History 2007–June 2010

Gig History 2002–2006

Dates are listed latest to earliest

Date Event



AART Buchiawase 2.1


ASP Obon Dance & Chant Workshop. Learn the dance, learn the chant, then join us on Nov. 6 for the Procession. First of 2


Tucson Meet Yourself is the oldest ongoing cultural festival in the USA. Our Performing Ensemble and Community Group perform at 2pm, joined by AART students from our current All Ages Recreational Taiko class on one song. After that, the Southern AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition co-sponsors a special obon dance focus till 3:45pm. Join us for the dance!


ASP Lantern-making Happy Hour. Decorate a lantern cover in honor of your loved ones. Lanterns will be distributed before the Procession on Nov. 6, carried along the route and covers burned in the Urn during the finale. Donation to the Nov. 4–6 All Souls Procession Weekend invited. Odaiko Sonora has headed the procession with our drum cart for over a decade. Join us for the walk, the dance and remembering. First of 5


EQUISS Leadership retreat


AART Sonoran Sway through 10/1/16


Sahuaro High School Band Camp


Cochise College Summer Camp through 6/30/116


Ash Creek School residency through 6/2/16


Taste of Asia festival


Tucson Folk Festival


Tucson Area Wiccan Association


Race for the Cure


YWCA of Southern AZ Diversity Lunch


AZ Matsuri


TCCC gala fundraiser


Chinese New year


Tucson Mochitsuki


Borton Elementary School residency through 2/2/16


Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary


UA Poetry Festival Family Day


PCC Diversity Week


Tucson Roadrunners A-Mountain run


EQUISS Blue Chip Leadership retreat


Tucson Meet Yourself


2nd Saturday Downtown


Prince Elementary School residency begins (through 9/2/16)


Department of Education: Leading AZ Conference


Davis Monthan Luau


Children's Day at Yume Japanese Gardens.


Japanese Speech Contest. UA Campus


International Pharmacy Student Federation dinner. Chinese Cultural Center


Somatechnics conference evening presentation. Odaiko Sonora will appear sometime between 8-10pm. Club Congress


LGBT Day of Silence: breaking of silence. UA Mall


Race for the Cure. 7-7:40am


Ash Creek residency through 3/9/16


Tucson Festival of Books, storytelling performance. 3:30–4pm


pre-KODO concert Arts Encounter with middel school students sponsored by TUSD's Opening Minds Through the Arts and Arts Express. Centennial Hall.


TUSD Lunar New Year concert. 10–11:30am

  2/21 & 2/22/15

The 31st Arizona Matsuri. A must see for those interested in things Japanese! Odaiko Sonora's 9th year performing. Don your yukata, grab your higasa, and join us for two days of fun! Free! Heritage Square, Phoenix


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Lecture Demo. 11:15am–12:10pm


Southern AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition's 2nd Annual Tucson Mochitsuki. Enjoy rice pounding demos, mochi tasting, Japanese games, origami, and music by Odaiko Sonora, singer Yuki Ibuki, and others. Raffle every hour. General Admission: $5 (children 5 and under are free). See the Mochitsuki Facebook page. 11am–2:30pm


Private New Years party


Students' end of semester concert at Prince Elementary School


TUCSON MARATHON. Our annual taiko marathon in support of the runners. Roughly 5 hours of contiuous drumming from dawn to noon!


25th ALL SOULS PROCESSION. For 10 years we've provided the heartbeat at the head of the Procession. Now we'll also be the music spirit group for the Finale! International guest taiko players, $100,000 of drums... and fire! Join us in this amazing community ritual commemorating and celebrating the lives of our ancestors and loved ones.
Assemble at 6th Ave. underpass. Procession starts at 6pm through downtown to the Mercado


ASP Obon Dance Workshop & Chant practice. You can learn the dance in this one final session! We'll practice the chant in the last part of the workshop 12:15–1pm


ASP Lantern-making Happy Hour, Takamatsu Restaurant. This is our last happy hour.


ASP Obon Dance & Chant Workshop. Twice today! You can learn the dance and chant in one session, but come to others for practice, work on costumes and the Procession Drum Cart. Final session is 11/1 12:15–1:30pm & 4:30–5:45pm


ASP Lantern-making Happy Hour, Takamatsu Restaurant, 5532 E Speedway Blvd.We'll be decorating this week, so be prepared to cut, glue, write and draw. Our last happy hour is 10/30.


RESIDENCY at Prince Elementary School, supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Runs weekly through Dec. 17


TMC Get Moving Tucson Event: A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k & Cox Charities 1-Mile


ASP Obon Dance Workshop. You can learn the dance in one session, but come to others for practice, work on costumes and the Procession Drum Cart. Following sessions are 10/25 & 11/1.


ASP Lantern-making Workshop. Family friendly, with Community Group members and Youth Taiko students at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory


AART class thru Nov.22


ASP Lantern-making Happy Hour.
Takamatsu Restaurantm 5523 E Speedway Blvd. Later lantern-making sessions are 10/18, 10/23 & 10/30.


TUCSON MEET YOURSELF. Catch our 14th year of performing at this beloved Tucson festival. We're on the Church Street stage as part of the Global Carnival. 6:30–7:15pm


ASP Lantern-making Happy Hour at Takamatsu Restaurant. Following lantern-making sessions are 10/16, 10/18, 10/23 & 10/30.


Triangle Y
Equiss Teambuilding Workshop


Japanese Vocal and ASP Chant Workshop with Aki Takahashi. Learn basic Japanese vocal techniques and the chant that will spread through the crowd at this year's All Souls finale. The workshop is FREE, though donations to support Aki's travel and the All Souls Procession will be accepted.


AART class runs through Oct 4


Modern Street car opening celebration


Tanabata Matsuri hosted by Sakura No Kai, the Japanese arts and culture club of Sierra Vista. Get the flyer (896k pdf) Sierra Vista, 11:30–3:30pm

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