Presented by Synergy Percussion Ltd
Wednesday 30th August at 7:30pm
Australia-Japan Taiko Drumming Fusion
This is the TaikOz credo:
'to beat with every muscle, bone and sinew in our bodies, with an open and joyous spirit.'
Like waves in the ocean and thunder in the distance, the sound of TaikOz is elemental: the force of its resonance enveloping players and audience alike, drawing each and all into its voluminous embrace; seeking to excite, stimulate, energize.
With ancient practice at its core, TaikOz combines tradition with the latest Australian and Japanese compositions. Combining the visceral power of the Japanese taiko with the ethereal tones of Riley Lee's bamboo shakuhachi, TaikOz seeks to explore a synthesis of East and West, old and new.
Since 1997 TaikOz has grown from a group of four taiko players who performed once a year, to an organization of seven musicians and a year-round schedule of performances, workshops and class teaching.
TaikOz members have trained and performed with Sado-Ondekoza, Eitetsu Hayashi and Sen Amano. The group's aim is to establish a definitive Australian taiko sound.
To date, the ensemble's achievements include performances in all of Australia's finest concert halls - including the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne's Hamer Hall, the Perth Concert Hall and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre - and at its most prestigious festivals - including three Sydney Festivals, the Melbourne Festival, WOMADelaide and the National Folk Festival.
TaikOz' international appearances have taken them to Japan for performances in Kobe, Kanazawa and Ota's Hibike Festival. They have also toured to China's Shenzhen Province and Thailand for the Bangkok International Festival of Music and Dance.
TaikOz regularly collaborates with some of the greatest names in Japanese music; including Japan's greatest solo taiko player Eitetsu Hayashi, the wonderfully energetic shinobue specialist Takumi Takano, members of Eitetsu Fuun no Kai, Kobe's Matsumura Gumi and koto player Satsuki Odamura. The group has also joined forces with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras for concerto performances.
TaikOz is coming to Caloundra Cultural Centre on Wednesday 30th August at 7:30pm. Ticket Prices are $29.50 Adult, $25.00 Concession or Group of ten or more bookings. Bookings (07) 5491 4240, Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm, Saturday 9:00am-11:30am, Box Office open 1 hour prior to performance.