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The Beauty Of 8

Performace Type: Mainstage

The title, The Beauty Of 8, refers to the mesmerising shapes and movements that are synonymous with the yokouchi (side-on) style of taiko playing. Guest artist, Kodo Distinguished Member Chieko Kojima’s mastery of the style – not to mention her own personal artistry – brings a level of sophistication and expressiveness that is not only beguiling, but also deeply spiritual. Trained as a dancer, Chieko seamlessly combines her love of movement, sound and rhythm into a performance that is difficult to categorise: Is it drumming? Is it dance?

The performance also features Riley Lee, shakuhachi Grand Master – whose relationship with Chieko extends back to the 1970s when they were both members of the legendary taiko ensemble, Ondekoza. Framed within a program of new music composed by Taikoz members Ian Cleworth and Anton Lock, with electronica and sound design by John Cleworth, The Beauty Of 8 sees Chieko and Riley reunited for a performance that matches their inner intensity, beauty of expression and synchronicity of sound and movement.

Featuring: Chieko Kojima (dance and taiko) and Riley Lee (shakuhachi)

Music: Ian Cleworth, Anton Lock, Riley Lee, John Cleworth

Choreography: Chieko Kojima and Anton Lock

"When Riley Lee enters for his turns with his bamboo flutes to play shakuhachi, one is aware that we are in the presence of a master, similarly, one is moved to believe the mastery charisma exuded with the presence and playing, by the leader of this extraordinary company, Ian Cleworth, particularly with his mesmerising and startlingly wondrous solo on drum." – Kevin Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary

"The honour to hear and see such dedicated and miraculous playing is an astonishment… TAIKOZ is surely a jewel in the treasury of creative art in Australia... (Taikoz has) 'craftsmen' of apparent great natural musical intuition, passion and undoubted and rare practised skill that lift them into the stratosphere of superhuman artistry.” – Kevin Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary



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    The Beauty Of 8

    Performace Type: Mainstage

    The title, The Beauty Of 8, refers to the mesmerising shapes and movements that are synonymous with the yokouchi (side-on) style of taiko playing. Guest artist, Kodo Distinguished Member Chieko Kojima’s mastery of the style – not to mention her own personal artistry – brings a level of sophistication and expressiveness that is not only beguiling, but also deeply spiritual. Trained as a dancer, Chieko seamlessly combines her love of movement, sound and rhythm into a performance that is difficult to categorise: Is it drumming? Is it dance?

    The performance also features Riley Lee, shakuhachi Grand Master – whose relationship with Chieko extends back to the 1970s when they were both members of the legendary taiko ensemble, Ondekoza. Framed within a program of new music composed by Taikoz members Ian Cleworth and Anton Lock, with electronica and sound design by John Cleworth, The Beauty Of 8 sees Chieko and Riley reunited for a performance that matches their inner intensity, beauty of expression and synchronicity of sound and movement.

    Featuring: Chieko Kojima (dance and taiko) and Riley Lee (shakuhachi)

    Music: Ian Cleworth, Anton Lock, Riley Lee, John Cleworth

    Choreography: Chieko Kojima and Anton Lock

    "When Riley Lee enters for his turns with his bamboo flutes to play shakuhachi, one is aware that we are in the presence of a master, similarly, one is moved to believe the mastery charisma exuded with the presence and playing, by the leader of this extraordinary company, Ian Cleworth, particularly with his mesmerising and startlingly wondrous solo on drum." – Kevin Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary

    "The honour to hear and see such dedicated and miraculous playing is an astonishment… TAIKOZ is surely a jewel in the treasury of creative art in Australia... (Taikoz has) 'craftsmen' of apparent great natural musical intuition, passion and undoubted and rare practised skill that lift them into the stratosphere of superhuman artistry.” – Kevin Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary



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