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TaikOz: Kevin Man. Photo by Keith Saunders
Synergy & TaikoOz Ltd
Conceptual | Contemporary | Performance | Dance | Inter disciplinary | Music/Sound | Theatre | Traditional Japanese Art | Traditional Japanese Music | Traditional Japanese Performance   (NSW)

This is the TaikOz credo:
‘to beat with every muscle, bone and sinew in our bodies, with an open and joyous spirit.’

Since 1997 TaikOz has established a unique performance aesthetic that reflects the group’s passionate dedication to the forms of wadaiko and a desire to create new music for today’s audiences.

The fundamental basis of TaikOz’s performance reflects three principal areas of creative endeavour: the creation of new taiko music by Australian and international composers, the study and performance of drum and flute music from Japan, and the interpretation of music of contemporary Japanese composers such as Maki Ishii and Eitetsu Hayashi. Our aim is not to simply transplant one culture’s music into another’s, but to allow a new form of music to grow upon a sure foundation of understanding and application of wadaiko technique and spirit.

From this basis TaikOz has developed its own sound by drawing upon the input of its members, whose musical backgrounds range from years of study and performance in Japanese traditional music, symphonic music, jazz and pop, as well as esteemed colleagues and teachers in Japan such as Eitetsu Hayashi, Fuun no Kai, past members of Sado no Kuni Ondekoza, and composer friends and artists, Meryl Tankard, Regis Lansac, Gerard Brophy, John Bell, Michael Askill, Timothy Constable, Graham Koehne and Andrea Molino. TaikOz has also collaborated with major festivals in Sydney, Brisbane, Tasmania, Adelaide and Western Australia, often to create new works for Wadaiko and other artists.

 The ensemble has appeared on stages in Japan, Thailand and France, and regularly performs in Australia’s finest concert halls, as well as in the theatres of regional Australia.

  Portrait -TaikOz: Kevin Man. Photo by Keith Saunders
TaikOz. Photos by Keith Saunders
Website: http://www.taikoz.com/
Email: marketing@taikoz.com