Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to a close, we are reflecting on how AAPI communities are inextricably woven into New York City and its history, from the many organizations that have fought for and protected AAPI communities to Soh Daiko’s own 40+ year history.

This past month we were able to come together with community leaders, elected officials, and the office of Mayor Eric Adams to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at Gracie Mansion. We performed amid a number of other cultural performances, from dance to song, representing a few pieces of the wide cultural spectrum of the AAPI community. Although the month is over, we look ahead to the future and will continue to celebrate and uplift the AAPI community through music and performance.

Photo (right) by Kathleen Wah Lee
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Cherry Blossom Festivals Abound & More Shows to Come!

Between Bloomfest at NJ’s Branch Brook Park, JAANY’s Sakura Matsuri at Flushing Corona Park, and Randall’s Island’s Earth Day festival, we hope you got a chance to see us while the cherry blossom’s were in bloom!

Bloomfest! at Branch Brook Park
Photos by Matthew Tom-Wolverton

Now we’re gearing up for our May performances, starting with the Queens Public Library this Sunday, 5/7. Located at the Central Library in Jamaica, Queens, we will take the stage with favorite Soh Daiko pieces, plus audience participation and education on the history of taiko. This event is free and great for the whole family!

JAA’s Sakura Matsuri (left) & Randall’s Island Earth Day (middle & right)
Photos by Veronica Diaz

This past month we also joined Japanese Ambassador Mikio Mori for a press conference to announce this year’s Japan Parade on Saturday, May 13th! In just a couple weeks, we will drum our way down Central Park West alongside a host of other performers and community groups, featuring Grand Marshal Kristi Yamaguchi. This year there will also be a street fair held concurrently on West 72nd. You can read more about the parade at some through some of the press coverage – see here, here, and more! We hope to see you there!

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Looking Ahead to 2021

This January, we brought in the new year with a virtual Soh Daiko celebration in place of our annual mochitsuki […]

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Okagesamade: A 40-Year Reflection

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Soh Daiko celebrated our 40th Anniversary surrounded by our community, our friends, our family, and […]

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