Odaiko Sonora is Tucson's taiko, or Japanese ensemble drumming group. Serving southern AZ since May 2002, Odaiko Sonora is dedicated to increasing familiarity with and understanding of taiko in our community. We do this for over 100,000 people each year through classes and master workshops, performances, school residencies, team building workshops and by producing concerts that include internationally acclaimed taiko artists.
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Learn Taiko Classes and Practice SessionsTaiko can be a path to personal growth and a whole lot of FUN! Odaiko Sonora offers a full range of learning opportunities from single session Intro to Taiko classes, the All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART) series, an ongoing Community Group, advanced practices geared towards performing and Master Classes with visiting taiko artists. »more
Applied Taiko Team Building, Mindfulness & Arts Integrated WorkshopsDesigned by specialists in team building, cultural learning, and mindfulness, our seminars and workshops meet your experiential training needs. Hands-on fun will enhance your business operations and programs. As one participant commented, "How to become a team in just an hour a half!" »more
The Beat Goes On Taiko in the ClassroomK-12 programs include one-day, multi-day, multi-week or academic year-long residencies that engage kids with hands-on taiko training, martial discipline and teamwork. Programs meet AZ standards for art, music and physical education, and introduce students to Japanese language and culture. »more
I appreciated that all of the drummers were women; I think that sent a positive message to all of my students. I also liked the audience participation and narration before each song.
The students loved this performance! They all wanted to play taiko. This performance fit in extremely well with our Japanese Unit.
Thanks for the outstanding work you did with our grade 4 students! The teaching skill displayed by both residents was absolutely phenomenal!
My students and I learned all about the history of Taiko and the different drums. We were in awe of the performers’ stamina and talent!
Excellent session. Very relevant, interesting, and inspiring. One of the best sessions ever! A+++!
You were fantastic and inspiring. I'm amazed by how much you were able to accomplish in two days. The students were really impressed.
Great learning experience.
The discipline, musicianship and stage presence your students exhibited made a stunning opener to the OMA Showcase.
Way cool! I still have the "pinch me" feeling about being part of a taiko performance!
Superb team working example.
Amazing demonstration! Inspiring energy and strength expressed so beautifully with such powerful rhythm.
Outstanding performance. I heard nothing but good things from our patrons.
You impact countless lives with the beauty and power of your art form. The Arizona Commission on the Arts is proud to be a partner in that journey!
Playing with you all was the most fun I have ever had... thank you for being one of the inspirational high points of my life.
Very exciting session. Lots of fun and learning. 'How to become a team in just an hour and a half!'
Awesome! Wonderful! Fun!
Your performance was magnificent.
It's great listening to the runner comments at the finish line... I always hear them talking about the drummers carrying them up the hill!
Fantastic facilitation. Bring them back.
I learned a lot that I can apply to my job.
You have inspired, entertained and educated my students and me!