Odaiko Sonora has been bringing first-hand experiences of taiko, or Japanese ensemble drumming, to southern Arizona since 2002. Since 2005, Odaiko Sonora has made committed annually to participating in the All Souls Procession. We have provided a heartbeat for the Urn at the head of the Procession and participated in the Finale twice. This year, the Procession reaches its 25th Anniversary and Odaiko Sonora has been tapped as the Finale musical group. We will compose and perform nearly 30 minutes of continuous music for hundreds of stilt-walkers, fire-spinners, aerialists and other performers.
A small project started by artist Susan Johnson in memory of her father, the first Procession consisted of about 50 people who made masks and costumes and walked Tucson's downtown in honor of loved ones who had passed. 25 years later, the Procession has grown to nearly 100,000 participants and observers and is one of Tucson's major annual events. You can learn more about this inclusive, homegrown ritual at allsoulsprocession.org. But for now, what we hope you'll understand what a huge honor, and a huge task it is to create music for the Finale.
We ask your help in making the 25th All Souls Procession Finale a fantastic and memorable one.
Funds will assist with the travel and honoraria of our three noted guest artists — Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento Taiko Dan, Shoji Kameda of On Ensemble and Aki Takahashi of Nagata Shachu in Toronto. Funds will also help with instrument and costume expenses.
Risks and challenges
This is possibly the biggest project Odaiko Sonora has ever taken on. We want to shine, of course, AND we want to honor those who have helped bring Odaiko Sonora to this level: teachers and fellow taiko players who have inspired and led us through the years.
On Finale night, our players will represent Odaiko Sonora's 13 years of work. In addition to current members, we've invited some former members, members of other taiko groups that have been essential in our artistic and organizational growth, and the three guest artists who have inspired us as teachers and colleagues over the years. We want to show all 100,000 people at the Finale what taiko can be.
With funding, we know we can make this Finale vision a reality. We have a track record of success. In 13 years, Odaiko Sonora has performed over 500 times, produced more than 20 recitals and full-length concerts. We've composed songs, provided theatrical and dance soundtracks, and collaborated with numerous other performing groups. We've been recognized for administrative and artistic excellence, and are seen as a source of knowledge and support for members of the international taiko community.
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