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

Our Kickstarter campaign fully funded... and then some! Thanks to our friends, families and community, we raised $5,803 to support the 25th All Souls Procession finale! Stay tuned for lantern-making, obon dance and chant workshops as we prepare for the Nov. 9 event.

Aki Takahashi, who composed the chant, gave a great intro to it at last Saturday's workshop. Over 50 people learned it, and will practice and teach it over the next two months so we can be one voice on Nov. 9. Get on board: Learn the chant and join the chant Facebook group.

All Souls Procession guest artists Kyle
Abbott and Aki Takahashi perform at the
chant workshop. Photo by Kathleen Dreier

Aki Takahashi & Kyle Abbott

Upcoming Events

Date Location Event Time

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Rhythm Industry
1013 S. Tyndall

All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART). The current session runs through Oct. 4. Come, even though you missed one. You can catch up! The next session runs 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 :-)
Saturdays
2:30–4:30pm

  9/26/14

Triangle Y Equiss Teambuilding Workshop  

 10/9/14

800 E. 16th St. All Souls Procession Lantern-making Happy Hour at Barrio Brewing. Following lantern-making sessions are 10/16, 10/18, 10/23 & 10/30. Join us also for a special session and a traditional toro nagashi at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 1! 5–7pm

10/11/14

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. 6:39–7:15pm

10/16/14

800 E. 16th St. All Souls Procession Lantern-making Happy Hour. Barrio Brewing.F ollowing lantern-making sessions are 10/18, 10/23 & 10/30. Join us also for a special session and a traditional toro nagashi at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 1! 5–7pm

10/18/14

1013 S. Tyndall All Souls Procession Lantern-making Workshop. Family friendly, with Community Group members and Youth Taiko students at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory 11am–12:15pm

10/18/14

1013 S. Tyndall All Souls Procession 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 4:30–5:30pm

10/23/14

800 E. 16th St. All Souls Procession Lantern-making Happy Hour at Barrio Brewing. Our last happy hour is 10/30. Also join us for a special lantern-making session and traditional toro nagashi at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 1! 5–7pm

10/25/14

1013 S. Tyndall All Souls Procession Obon Dance Workshop. Twice today! You can learn the dance in one session, but come to others for practice, work on costumes and the Procession Drum Cart. Final session is 11/1 12:15–1pm & 4:30–5:30pm

10/30/14

800 E. 16th St. Lantern-making Happy Hour at Barrio Brewing. This is our last happy hour, but please join us for a special lantern-making session and traditional toro nagashi at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 1! 5–7pm

 11/1/14

1013 S. Tyndall All Souls Procession Obon Dance Workshop. You can learn the dance in this one final session! 12:15–1pm

 11/1/14

2130 N. Alvernon Yume Japanese Gardens. Community Lantern-making and toro nagashi. We'll set them asail across the beautiful Yume Gardens pond. 4pm–?

 11/9/14

downtown/
Mercado
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.

 12/8/14

Oro Valley TUCSON MARATHON. Our annual taiko marathon in support of the runners. Roughly 5 hours of contiuous drumming from dawn to noon! 7am-1pm

  1/3/14

2130 N. Alvernon Yume Japanese Gardens New Year Celebration time tbd

 1/10/14

1013 S. Tyndall Southern AZ Japanese Cultural Coalition Mochitsuki time tbd
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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