TaikOz takes over Albury
Australia's world-acclaimed taiko drumming ensemble, TaikOz, presents its stunning new work Crimson Sky. The spectacular performance comes to the Albury Entertainment Centre for one night only on Saturday 20 September, 7.30pm.
The thunderous drumming of the taiko is interwoven with the hypnotic melodies of the shakuhachi and shinobue bamboo flutes, voice and a rare performance on the bass koto, a traditional Japanese 17-stringed plucked instrument to be played by special guest artist Satsuki Odamura.
Based on a haiku by Japanese poet Miura Yuzuru, Crimson Sky has been written by TaikOz Artistic Director Ian Cleworth, evoking the poem's sensual, dramatic and often playful imagery of a cloud of dragonflies ascending into a deep red sky.
The program will also feature new works by the two youngest TaikOz members: from the peaceful meditation of Solace by Tom Royce-Hampton to the dynamic high energy of Exploration by Anton Lock, featuring the virtuosity of the drum set pitted against the dynamic high energy of the taiko.