Odaiko Sonora is Tucson's taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) group. We reach over 9,000 K-12 students each year through school performances and residencies. Several years ago, we wrote a folk tale, Asako, The Girl Who Saved Her Village. The use of taiko -- to warn and gather people, and to celebrate -- is woven into the story, so that songs by students fit into the action.
Asako tells of a young girl who saves her village from a tsunami and finds a hidden rice field to feed provide food for the coming winter. For Odaiko Sonora's 10th anniversary, and to commemorate the one-year remembrance of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, we are producing the story as a book,with illustrations by Nadia Hagen, Artistic Director of Flam Chen and the All Souls Procession. Scan codes will allow readers with smart phones to download the music and listen to it where it fits into the story.
The book will be released at the Tucson Festival of Books, in conjunction with a performance of Asako by current residency students at Prince Elementary and Amphi Middle Schools, and our own Odaiko Sonora Youth Taiko Group.
Funds will provide free copies of the book to participating students, and Odaiko Sonora's local library and school partners.
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