Updated Aug 15, 2016 (Pretend you didn't miss a thing! Go to our News & Perf page archive.)

Odaiko Sonora started a new 6-week All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART) this weekend, but it's not too late to get in on it. Participants in this session have the option of joining the Odaiko Sonora Community Group for a song in our Tucson Meet Yourself performance on Oct. 8! Email karen@tucsontaiko.org to get details on how to start this coming Saturday, Aug. 20.

Thanks again to the finest state arts agency in the country, the Arizona Commission on the Arts! Odaiko Sonora received a $5,000 Community Development Grant for the coming fiscal year! In addition, see how Director Karen Falkenstrom has been using the 2014 Artist Research and Development Grant she received. Below, Karen and Nicole are part of the debut of the North American Kasuga Onigumi at Powell St. Festival in Vancouver B.C.

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 on October 8!


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. Our Sat.

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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