Heart Of St Kilda

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Back in September, Taikoz appeared at Melbourne’s hugely entertaining charity event called “The Heart Of St Kilda”. The concert raised money for the Sacred Heart Mission and featured artists as diverse as Kasey Chambers, Tim Rogers, Rebecca Barnard, Leonard & Slava Grigoryan, Arj Barker and Denise Scott, among many others. Taikoz played Anton’s “Rhythm River” to the delight of the audience – here are some great shots from the evening…

 

 

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The Beauty Of 8 – It’s a wrap!

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千絵子_ポートレートAfter twelve months of conceptualising, discussing, composing, work-shopping, tweaking, talking, thinking and rehearsing, The Beauty Of 8 finally received its World Premiere on October 23-24 at Sydney’s York Theatre.

And what a couple of nights it proved to be! With poetry, percussion, dance, shakuhachi, song, and electronica – not to mention Bart Groen’s stunning set, Karen Norris’ luminous lighting and Ross A’hern’s sensitive sound design – all adding to the sound of our thunderous taiko, The Beauty Of 8 was more than just a taiko concert; international guest artist Chieko Kojima brought a level of sophistication and expressiveness that was not only beguiling, but also deeply spiritual – her mystical dance and stunning taiko playing was transcendent – and this, coupled with Riley Lee’s mellifluous shakuhachi, made for a truly wondrous combination.

In the 1970s, Chieko and Riley were members of the now-legendary taiko group Ondekoza, appearing together on many of the world’s great theatre and concert hall stages, and here we were – some 40 years later – hearing-seeing-feeling the results of these two consummate artists working together again!

In fact, it was Riley who introduced Taikoz to Chieko back in 2009 when we collaborated with members of Kodo. From the first rehearsal I just loved Chieko’s – what’s the best word? – alive-ness! Her spontaneity, creativity and sheer love of play seems to infect all who come into her orbit. And I must say it was an absolute thrill to have the opportunity to frame The Beauty Of 8 around Chieko’s skills and to (try and) capture her unique spirit.

Over the course of the past 18 years Taikoz’s aim has been to push the boundaries of our chosen medium, to deepen our collective expression and to explore our many-faceted sound-world. Thank you to all who came along for the ride and enjoyed Chieko, Riley and Taikoz in The Beauty Of 8.

Taikoz On the Road

The members of Taikoz have been flat out and all over the place. In the past 8 weeks we have…

♪ played a knockout 5-show season of Taikoz In Concert at the Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, and in the same week…

♪ presented a week of workshops in Baradine – including the creation of a brand new music and dance work – for the wonderfully talented children of MAXed OUT! which led to performances for …

Moorambilla Festival and the indefatigable Michelle Leonard and her Moorambilla Voices in Dubbo, followed immediately by …

The Heart Of St Kilda charity performance at Melbourne’s beautiful, old Palais Theatre, which then saw the group in (no rest for the wicked)…

Burnie for a performance of The Origin Of O, after-which will see us finally hit the rehearsal room for…

The Beauty Of 8!

 

The Beauty Of 8 with Chieko

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Our next major Sydney show is called The Beauty Of 8 and features the wonderful, the passionate, the truly excellent Kodo Distinguished Member Chieko Kojima. We’ll be at The York Theatre, Seymour Centre on October 23 & 24. The program sees Chieko choreographing and dancing to the beautifully evocative “Cascading Waterfall”.   This piece is really a solo for Riley, accompanied 7F5A1927s-1by voices, metalophones, percussion & dengaku okedo, and as many of you know, Riley and Chieko were members of the legendary Ondekoza back in the 1970s. Come and check out two masters of their respective art-forms…40 years on!

IDP 2015 Recital

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Sophie Unsen©Karen Steains_KSP2276BWClaudia Wherry©Karen Steains_KSP1634BWRyuji Hamada©Karen Steains_KSP1909BWSophie, Claudia and Ryuji presented their IDP recital last Saturday to a packed studio audience. After 6 months of intensive study with Taikoz teachers (up to 6 playing/training sessions per week), the three of them performed a very demanding 50-minute program featuring odaiko, shimedaiko, yokouchi-daiko, plus two pieces for shinobue and voice. It was a great finalé to our 10th IDP. Applications for 2016 IDP will soon be open.

Taikoz welcomes Joe Small

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Joe Small – sensational young taiko player from the USA – will be joining us in August for Taikoz in Concert @ Glen Street Theatre. We’re really looking forward to working with Joe and I’m absolutely sure you’ll all enjoy his dynamic performance style! B62F9732a+contrasted TK

Sophia in NYC

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Sophia is in New York for the next 3 weeks studying with great friend, colleague and shinobue/taiko player extraordinaire, Kaoru Watanabe. She’ll be working on a range of skills, techniques and musical challenges, and we all look forward to seeing the results at Taikoz In Concert at Glen Street Theatre, August 12-16!_DSC9122