Described by The Sydney Morning Herald as ‘bold and original’, TaikOz is Australia’s most energetic and exciting taiko drumming group. From 28 – 30 October 2008, Brisbane audiences will have the chance to experience their compelling performances when TaikOz tours The Gathering to Brisbane Powerhouse.
The Gathering is an unforgettable concert experience. The powerful and thundering sound of taiko drumming is counter-balanced with the beautiful, ethereal tones of the shakuhachi bamboo flute. Featuring performances by shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee and guest percussionist Timothy Constable, the result is a synthesis of east and west, old and new.
Since its formation in 1997, TaikOz has become Australia’s most exciting and energetic taiko drumming ensemble, attracting devoted audiences across the country and around the world. While observing ancient practices, the Japanese art form of taiko is given a uniquely Australian interpretation with muscular choreography, hypnotic compositions and delicate musicality.
TaikOz Artistic Director Ian Cleworth is excited about giving fans another much anticipated and purely unique TaikOz experience.
“We have prepared a beautiful program for audiences to enjoy,” he says. “The Gathering ranges from the softest, most delicate melodies to powerful, explosive rhythms. Our concerts combine the thunderous sound of the Japanese taiko drums with Riley Lee’s haunting bamboo shakuhachi flute, beautiful songs, and dancing that is sometimes refined and graceful, and other times really high energy and virtuosic. We’re looking forward to meeting people as we tour and seeing their reactions.”
The Australian Government is proud to be associated with this tour through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia, which gives Australians across the country the opportunity to see some of our best performing arts.
The Brisbane Powerhouse performance of The Gathering by TaikOz is part of a national tour that includes regional performances in Ipswich, Townsville, Rockhampton, Caloundra, Cairns and Mackay
TaikOz will conduct drumming workshops at QUT from Fri 31 Oct – Sat 1 Nov for $50 per session.
For more details visit Brisbanepowerhouse.org.
“high energy action… hand and drumstick seem almost to melt into each other in a perfect synergy of man and instrument” – The Australian
“You don’t just listen to this music. You see it and feel it too. Totally compelling.” – Sydney Morning Herald
When: Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 October
Time: Tues – Thurs 7:30pm, Wed + Thurs 11am
Where: Powerhouse Theatre
Bookings: 07 3358 8600 or www.brisbanepowerhouse.org