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  • Date: Monday, 24 September 2012, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Hamer Hall — Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: $40-$75 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 1300 182 183

Event Details

TaikOz, Australia’s premier taiko ensemble, joins Kodo, one of Japan’s most internationally renowned performing arts groups for a once in a lifetime national Australian concert tour. In this thrilling collaboration Kodo and TaikOz forge cultural ties, perform together again and acknowledge a pivotal historical point: Grand Master shakuhachi player Riley Lee was an original member in the 1970s, of Sado no Kuni Ondekoza, the precursor to Kodo.

TaikOz compositions include Ian Cleworth’s Of The Fields, which features fast, fleet stick work of five katsugi (slung drum) okedo players, …Flowing Like A Ripple… - a vibrant, driving work for three solo drummers, two taiko set players and the ôdaiko (big drum), and Passing Through Tears Of Nectar – a piece composed by Riley Lee featuring the mellifluous tones of his bamboo shakuhachi, accompanied by percussion and Buddhist chant and a section of vivid and complex interplay for the taiko. This number will also include the soaring vocals of Kodo’s Yoko Fujimoto.                      

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