Updated Aug 10, 2014 (Pretend you didn't miss a thing! Go to our News & Perf page archive.)

We'll be launching this season with many bangs. School programs, taiko classes, our beloved Tucson Meet Yourself gig, and a host of special workshops attached to our participation with the 25th All Souls Procession. Odaiko Sonora is this year's Finale musical artist. We've developed chant, lantern-making and dance workshops in hopes our friends in the community will join us in commemorating our loved ones who have passed and celebrate our lives together.

The first event is a Japanese Vocal and Chant Workshop with Aki Takahashi on Sat. Sept. 6! We've commissioned a chant in the traditional minyo (Japanese folk) style from Aki, who will be one of our Finale guest artists. The chant workshop is open to all community members who wish to add voice to this year's ASP Finale.

After that, there's several dates for lantern-making and obon dance workshops to help you prepare to join us in the Procession on Nov. 9!

Look for taiko at Dietz K-8, Maxwell K-8 and Gale Elementary in the coming months. And mark October 11 for our annual appearance at Tucson Meet Yourself!

Aki Takahashi

Upcoming Events

Date Location Event Time


Rhythm Industry
1013 S. Tyndall

All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART). The next session begins Sept. 6 through Oct. 4. Then, Oct. 18_Nov. 22. If you wish to pre-register online, please use the Paypal button below. See a list of weekly classes and rehearsals, all of which are open for observation. Your first class is always free :-)


1013 S. Tyndall

Japanese Vocal and All Souls Procession 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.



Triangle Y Equiss Teambuilding Workshop  


downtown Tucson 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 Village. 6:45–7:30pm


25th All Souls Procession. For10 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. 4pm assembly at 6th Ave. underpass.


Oro Valley Tucson Marathon. Our annual taiko marathon in support of the runners. Roughly 5 hours of contiuous drumming from dawn to noon!  




Odaiko Sonora is a 501(c)3 arts education agency supported in part by your tax dollars, granted through Arizona Commission on the Arts (with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts) and the Tucson Pima Arts Council (with funding from the City of Tucson and Pima County). Partial funding also comes from individiuals and corporations through the Ralph L. Smith Foundation, Target, Toyota and Friends of Odaiko Sonora. Thank you for making us possible!

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