Saturday 21 October, 2017
City Recital Hall
2017 marks Taikoz’s 20th year of incredible music making and performance. To celebrate this outstanding achievement, Australia’s internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble presents a spectacular evening of music and movement.
20: Land-Sea-Sky-Home sees Taikoz perform a wide range of music for taiko, percussion and voice, along with the sublime artistry of Riley Lee (shakuhachi) and Sandy Evans (saxophone), and beguiling movement choreographed by Tai Chi master Chongwei Zhang. This concert also features Claudia Wherry, an outstanding undergraduate music student from UNSW who is currently Taikoz’s Young Artist in Residence.
Sandy Evans writes: ‘It is a great honour to have been commissioned to write ‘Sky, Let the Rain Fall’ in celebration of Taikoz’s 20th Anniversary. I am deeply inspired by the constant creativity, artistic excellence, depth, integrity and innovation in intercultural collaboration, of Ian Cleworth and this vibrant community. The work for taiko drums, saxophone, shakuhachi and 2 sixxen (microtonal metallophones designed by Iannis Xenakis) comprises one of the most interesting sound worlds a composer could hope for! Listen to the combination of taiko drums and sixxen in the section recorded at rehearsal last week. My composition is inspired by the poem ‘Lonely Guest’ by refugee poet and musician Mohsen Soltani Zand. I am appalled by Australia’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and welcome the opportunity to express my support for asylum seekers in this work. I am also performing Ian’s beautiful composition ‘Clouds Wander’.