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Taikoz - The Beauty of 8


Fri 23 Oct 2015, 8:00pm
Sat 24 Oct 2015, 8:00pm

Where: Seymour Centre, Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: vimandzest

Australia’s premier drumming ensemble Taikoz presents The Beauty Of 8. Tennyson’s poetry blends with taiko drumming and exquisite Japanese traditional dance.

"High energy action... hand and drumstick seem almost to melt into each other in a perfect synergy of man and instrument.” - The Australian

Australian cultural icons, Taikoz, present The Beauty Of 8 featuring guest artists - Master Taiko player, Chieko Kojima and Shakuhachi Grandmaster Riley Lee. The production has all the elements Taikoz is famous for – hypnotic rhythms and adrenalin-fuelled performance.

Guest artist Chieko’s combination of dance and unique drumming style (famous throughout the world in taiko circles) will introduce a new element of expression to Taikoz’ performance. Trained as a dancer, Chieko seamlessly combines her love of movement, sound and rhythm into a unique performance, with a program of new music composed by Taikoz members, Ian Cleworth and Anton Lock.

“As a Kodo Distinguished Member, Chieko Kojima travels the world collaborating with a wide range of artists, and we are absolutely thrilled to have her appear in Sydney as our guest artist in The Beauty Of 8,” says Ian Cleworth, Artistic Director of Taikoz.

“We’re building the program around Chieko’s talents as a beautiful, emotive dancer and powerful, graceful taiko drummer, and I have no doubt the audience will be thoroughly entranced by her, and the music and theatre we will create in The Beauty Of 8”, he adds.

The program is constructed in three distinct parts – Horizon, Sunrise and The White Bird. The three parts flow into one another with short scene changes separating each one.

‘Taiko’ is the Japanese word for ‘drum’ and Taikoz is Australia’s premier drumming group. While once a uniquely Japanese art form, its transformation into an international language is a recent phenomenon and one in which Taikoz is very much at the forefront.

Bookings: $30 - $70 (+b/f)