Australia’s world-acclaimed taiko drumming ensemble, TaikOz, heads to Canberra to present a stunning new work, Crimson Sky. They will perform in the Concert Hall at The Canberra Theatre Centre on Saturday, October 26.
Based on a haiku by Japanese poet Miura Yuzuru, Toward The 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 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.
The program also features 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.
If you are unfamiliar with TaiOz, here is a 5 minute video of a live performance.