Taikoz continues its busy year with a new main-stage program called LION-DOGS. Named after the dramatic, extended work by Taikoz AD Ian Cleworth, "Lion-Dogs" features the ensemble in full flight. Other exciting works include a new commission by award-winning film and television composer-sound designer YUNYU (pictured).
With the enigmatic title of "When The Rain God Sings, Storm Lions Are Born", YUNYU's piece is a solo for electronic taiko drum, played by Taikoz dynamo Ryuji Hamada. The music consists of all sorts of intriguing sounds and tunes (yes, tunes!) - all triggered by Ryuji's drumming. The e-Taiko, made by the Roland company, is in the form of a slung drum, which allows Ryuji to move across the stage as he plays.
LION-DOGS also features Australian saxophone legend Sandy Evans. Sandy will add her soprano and tenor saxophones to the ensemble's taiko and percussion in Ian's arrangement of a suite of three pieces by world-renowned New York composer-performer Kaoru Watanabe.
But before the premiere of LION-DOGS, Taikoz is keeping busy with several other projects, including two weeks of schools concerts throughout regional Victoria, courtesy of Musica Viva Australia In Schools program. We're also laying down some taiko tracks for a movie! And hot off LION-DOGS, we brush up on SIDE BY SIDE, which will play at The Lennox, Parramatta Riverside Theatres on August 26. It's not on sale yet, but keep the date!
Book now for LION-DOGS! https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=TAIKLION23