Updated June 28, 2016 (Pretend you didn't miss a thing! Go to our News & Perf page archive.)

Odaiko Sonora ended a busy spring with a taiko debut at the 31st Annual Tucson Folk Festival and a 7th year at Ash Creek School in southeastern AZ. Guest artist Angela Horchem helped students present the legend of Amaterasu, Uzume and the origin of taiko drumming (right) with masks and puppets!

This summer, look for us at Cochise College Summer Camp, Sahuaro High School and the AZ Senior Academy. We'll officially close summer on Aug. 27 with an informal recital at our studio, Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S Tyndall. All are welcome!

Students at Ash Creek

Saturday classes continue through the summer, with the 9am open session, 10-noon Community Group practice. If you want to try your hand at taiko, we invite you to drop in. The next All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART) session begins Aug. 13, 2:30–4:30pm. Email karen@tucsontaiko.org, call (520) 481-8003 or use the Paypal link below to register. There's no time like now to get started on your taiko journey!

Upcoming Events

Date Location Event Time


1013 S. Tyndall

All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART). Wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in and bring a water bottle. We take care of the rest! Try the first class free. If you like it, sign up for the 6-week session. Graduates of this session have the option of debuting their new taiko skills at our Tucson Meet Yourself performance in October!


  Sahuaro High School marching band presentation  


13715 E. Langtry La

The Arizona Senior Academy is dedicated to active engagement with civic life, intellectual stimulation and cultural enrichment throughout (un-) retirement. We'll bring them a lecture/demo on the history and diversity of contemporary taiko.



  UA Leadership Programs EQUISS teambuilding workshop  


  All Souls Procession obon dance and lantern-making workshops happen throughout October. Dates tbd.  

10/7, 8
  & 9/16

Downtown Tucson Meet Yourself is the oldest ongoing cultural festival in the USA.  

11/4, 5     & 6/16


All Souls Procession. Weekend activities start as early as Sept. in preparation for this momumental Tucson original. Odaiko Sonora has headed the procession with our drum cart for over a decade. Join us for the walk, the dance and remembering.



Tucson Desert Art Museum

In commemoratation of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 authorizing the incarceration of many Japanese and Japanese Americans, the museum will host Gambatte!, an exhibit by sansei photographer Paul Kitagaki from California.

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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