Kristy Oshiro (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, 4th generation Japanese Okinawan-American professional taiko artist based in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area with 30 years of experience. Founder and Artistic Director of the Tsubaki Ensemble, Queer Taiko, and SOKO Taiko, Creative Director of Placer Ume Taiko, and instructor of San Mateo Buddhist Temple Taiko. Kristy also teaches taiko drumming classes in many cities from Nevada City to San Mateo and is available for group performances, touring, collaborations, school assemblies, residencies, workshops, private lessons, original compositions, corporate team building, rearrangement work, and artistic consultation. (Photo Credit: Katharine Govea Saunders)

Original Composition: Earth & sky

Original Composition: Ha!

Performance with wiz khalifa and nana ouyang

Upcoming Performances

Previous events

Stories of Resilience: Otherness, Safety, and Healing

Unit Souzou Virtual Showcase

Stories of Resilience is a virtual showcase and gathering, sharing insights from Unit Souzou’s work over the past year. Featuring new works from the Unit Souzou Ensemble, the East Portland Neighborhood Cohort, and artistic collaborators, visual artist, Horatio Law, and filmmakers, Dawn Jones Redstone and Annie Tonsiengsom, the program will include video diaries, video shorts, and live interviews from our RHYTHM PROJECT exploring how our communities are experiencing and imagining safety in East Portland and our OTHERNESS PROJECT examining notions of otherness, displacement, and belonging. RSVP to attend: https://tinyurl.com/UnitSouzouResilienceStories

Presentation supported in part by APANO Communities United Fund, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, City of Portland, National Performance Network Documentation and Story Fund, and Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights.

Free Virtual Performance for San Mateo Public Libraries

Come and learn about the Japanese art of Taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience with master drummer Kristy Oshiro. This is a virtual event hosted by the San Mateo Public Libraries. For most updated information on how to sign up visit https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/4292/Virtual-Programs

Free Virtual Performance for Oakland Public Libraries

Come and learn about the Japanese art of Taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience with master drummer Kristy Oshiro. This is a virtual event hosted by the Oakland Public Libraries. RSVP for free at https://www.oaklandlibrary.org/events/online-program/kristy-oshiro-taiko-artistkristy-oshiro-artista-de-taiko

Free Virtual Queer Taiko Performance and Workshop

Queer Taiko will take center stage with a full live broadcast of energetic, thunderous taiko drumming right from OACC’s Auditorium! Led by acclaimed taiko artist Kristy Oshiro, this Bay Area-based community ensemble is a diverse group of LGBTQIA+ and allies committed to building community and awareness through Japanese taiko drumming Their spirited performance showcase will be followed by an interactive workshop and audience Q&A session. RSVP for free at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center event page: https://oacc.cc/event/heart-filled-heritage-series-queer-taiko/

Jul15

Japanese Taiko Drumming w/ Kristy Oshiro

Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St., Yountville, CA

Come and learn about the Japanese art of taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You will even get a chance to play the drums yourself!

May2

Japanese Taiko Drumming w/ Kristy Oshiro

North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA

Come and learn about the Japanese art of taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You will even get a chance to play the drums yourself!

May2

Japanese Taiko Drumming w/ Kristy Oshiro

Marina Branch Library, 1890 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA

Come and learn about the Japanese art of taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You will even get a chance to play the drums yourself!

May1

Japanese Taiko Drumming w/ Kristy Oshiro

Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave, Millbrae, CA

Come and learn about the Japanese art of taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You will even get a chance to play the drums yourself!

May1

Japanese Taiko Drumming w/ Kristy Oshiro

Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA

Come and learn about the Japanese art of taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You will even get a chance to play the drums yourself!

Apr26

World Percussion Festival

San Francisco, CA

Time and location TBA.

Apr25

World Percussion Festival

San Francisco, CA

Time and location TBA.

Mar9

Japanese Taiko Drumming w/ Kristy Oshiro

St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School, San Mateo, CA

Mar5

Tsubaki Ensemble @ Woodridge Elementary

Sacramento, CA

Feb22

Japanese Taiko Drumming w/ Kristy Oshiro

Portola Branch Library, 380 Bacon St., San Francisco, CA

Come and learn about the Japanese art of taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You will even get a chance to play the drums yourself!

Feb21

Tsubaki Ensemble @ Robla Elementary

Sacramento, CA

Upcoming Classes