Karen Falkenstrom is the director of Odaiko Sonora, a Taiko drumming group based in Tucson AZ. Odaiko Sonora is a committed partner in the Procession. Karen has worked in the arts industry in Tucson for the last 25 years and is both an accomplished poet and musician. Odaiko Sonora is a regional force in the Southwest providing both education and performances in the traditional ceremonial and contemporary Taiko drum forms.
Karen produces annual Obon Dance workshops, which are traditional Japanese dances to honor the dead. These workshops are free to attend and the outcome, as with all the workshops, is the opportunity to manifest the work inside the Processional body. Odaiko Sonora’s contribution to the Procession is inestimable.