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Saturday 21 October, 2017
7.30 pm
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’.



Saturday 15 July, 9pm (or 8pm for RockPoolMirror Duets)
Seymour Centre
GA $38, SIMA Member/Concession $32 Student $25
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Composed and led by Sandy Evans (OAM), RockPoolMirror brings together six of Australia’s leading contemporary improvisers in a musical response to Belinda Webster’s stunning photographs of the Shoalhaven Gorge, NSW. These images travel an evocative journey, from the tranquility of rock formations reflected in still water at dawn, to the darkness of chasms and abysses, at times even revealing surreal, life-like rock warriors. Photographer Belinda Webster is best known as founding director of Tall Poppies Records. Her narrative gorge images will be projected at this concert, and brought to life by saxophonist and composer Sandy and some of her long-time collaborators. This performance is a rare opportunity to witness the deep musical bonds that these accomplished improvisers have established through their rich history of collaboration.

SANDY EVANS saxophone
ADRIAN SHERRIFF bass trombone
ALON ILSAR airsticks, drums

ROCKPOOLMIRROR DUETS (8pm) In this aperitif to the RockPoolMirror CD Launch, artists from the project perform intimate groupings drawn from their interplay in the album. With Satsuki Odamura on 13-stringed koto, Adrian Sherriff surprising with his breadth and agility on bass trombone, and internationally renowned saxophonist Sandy Evans (OAM), the RockPoolMirror Duets promise to be a must-see, must-hear for lovers of improvised music.


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