Kristy Aki Oshiro (they/them) is a queer, trans and 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

Constant State of Otherness is a multi-layered performance weaving taiko, Japanese folk dance, and storytelling, revealing the impact of othering and alienation. Unit Souzou excavates their personal stories through a four-part journey to fractally unfold and offer an invitation to find our shared longing to belong. In solidarity with AANHPI Heritage Month, audience members of Asian, Native Hawai'ian & Pacific Islander descent are invited to a one-hour facilitated gathering following the May 21st 2 pm matinee performance to share, reflect, process and acknowledge personal stories of otherness and its impact on our identities and lives. Performances presented by co-commissioner, Risk/Reward on Friday, May 20th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 21st 2 pm & 7 pm. Portland Opera, 211 SE Caruthers Street. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.

Constant State of Otherness is a multi-layered performance weaving taiko, Japanese folk dance, and storytelling, revealing the impact of othering and alienation. Unit Souzou excavates their personal stories through a four-part journey to fractally unfold and offer an invitation to find our shared longing to belong. In solidarity with AANHPI Heritage Month, audience members of Asian, Native Hawai'ian & Pacific Islander descent are invited to a one-hour facilitated gathering following the May 21st 2 pm matinee performance to share, reflect, process and acknowledge personal stories of otherness and its impact on our identities and lives. Performances presented by co-commissioner, Risk/Reward on Friday, May 20th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 21st 2 pm & 7 pm. Portland Opera, 211 SE Caruthers Street. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.

Constant State of Otherness is a multi-layered performance weaving taiko, Japanese folk dance, and storytelling, revealing the impact of othering and alienation. Unit Souzou excavates their personal stories through a four-part journey to fractally unfold and offer an invitation to find our shared longing to belong. In solidarity with AANHPI Heritage Month, audience members of Asian, Native Hawai'ian & Pacific Islander descent are invited to a one-hour facilitated gathering following the May 21st 2 pm matinee performance to share, reflect, process and acknowledge personal stories of otherness and its impact on our identities and lives. Performances presented by co-commissioner, Risk/Reward on Friday, May 20th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 21st 2 pm & 7 pm. Portland Opera, 211 SE Caruthers Street. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.

Upcoming Classes

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