Updated March 1, 2014 (Pretend you didn't miss a thing! Go to our News & Perf page archive.)

What a fabulous start to 2014: great school programs at Gale and Robison Elementaries, Vail Middle and Maxwell K-8; inspiring residencies by visiting artists Kay Fukumoto, Aki Takahashi and Kyle Abbott; fabulous time spent with Fushicho Daiko and the whole Phoenix taiko community; culminating in an outrageously joyful performance at AZ Matsuri!

How can we follow that up? Well, here's how:

As players, we'll be hunkering down to brush up on basic skills (which get a little sloppy during gig season).

As teachers, we're preparing school kids and our Youth Taiko Group for end-of-year performances. For others, we're launching a series of three practicums and introduction classes.

30th Annual AZ Matsuri. Still smiling, Odaiko Sonora
members rose to the challengeof one of our most
physically and
musically challenging sets ever.

As Tucsonans, we're scheduling appearances to support our community: public performances and hands-on opportunities to become better acquainted with the fun and benefits of listening to and playing taiko.

Stay in touch, get on our mailing list, Like our Facebook page. We want to see you out and about with us!

Upcoming Events

Date Location Event Time


Rhythm Industry
1013 S. Tyndall

All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART). Usually a 6-week session, the next begins in May. Stay tuned for exact date. 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 :-)

Apr 12

TCCC UA International Pharmacy Student Association dinner tbd

Apr 26

PCC-Northwest Campus The 12th Annual PCC Japanese Speech Contest, and our 12th year at it! One of our favorite annual gigs because we grew up together. The Contest and festivities go from noon to 5:00pm. We'll post our exact performance time as soon as we know it. Free. time tbd, usually around 2 or 3pm

May 3

  TUSD's Opening Minds Through the Arts Showcase 3pm

May 3

2130 N Alvernon Kodomo no Hi, Children's Day at Yume Japanese Gardens tbd

May 4

Brandi Fenton Park Japanese Community picnic, 11am–3pm. tbd

May 10

Scott St. stage 2nd Saturdays Downtown. Celebrate the heart of Tucson with us. We'll be hot off the stages at AZ Matsuri with a set that gets your hearts thumping. And it's free! 6:30–7:45pm

May 18

  Japan-American annual picnic  
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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