Taikoz: The Beauty of Eight Penrith
Saturday 20 July 2019
Infectious rhythms, soaring melodies, lavish costumes, huge drums and more
For one night only, Australia’s internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble Taikoz will leave you breathless as they perform alongside world renowned taiko player and Kodo Distinguished Member Chieko Kojima and shakuhachi Grandmaster Riley Lee.
The Beauty of Eight explores the many expressive qualities of the taiko, contrasting masculine and feminine, extrovert and introvert, tradition and innovation. The title refers to the mesmerising shapes and figure of eight movements that are synonymous with the yokouchi style of taiko playing.
Trained as a dancer, guest artist Chieko Kojima seamlessly combines her love of movement, sound and rhythm into a performance that begs the question: Is it drumming? Is it dance?
Framed within a program of new music composed by Taikoz, The Beauty of Eight is a stunning collaboration that highlights the artists inner intensity, beauty of expression and synchronicity of sound and movement.