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

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church

SOKO Taiko w/ All Voices Choral Project, 1300 N Street, Sacramento, CA

For Silenced Voices: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) VENUE Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N Street (13th & N), Sacramento, CA 95814 Westminster acknowledges and repents of all forms of genocide perpetrated on Native peoples in the name of Christianity. Westminster welcomes all people. Period. SONGS The goals of the music are to prepare the audience to listen and to realize interconnectedness. The goals of the concert are to teach us, inspire us, and mobilize us to action for the silenced voices of missing and murdered indigenous women. Central to the concert program will be personal narratives from those directly connected to MMIW, video and photos of MMIW, face painting of the hand print across the mouth (e.g. see photo below of Rosalie Fish who runs track to raise awareness of the epidemic of MMIW.  Rosalie's aunt is one of the many victims), drumming, flute, round dance, ribbon skirt and/or placement of red dress representing MMIW. Not invisible. Say her name. Silent no more.

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