Ian Cleworth and Riley Lee formed Taikoz in 1997. Over the past two decades the group has developed an original repertoire of works and productions that has seen them perform on the stages of Australia's finest concert halls, in the theatres of regional Australia, and in leading theatres and concert halls worldwide. Taikoz has performed in Japan, Paris, Bangkok, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi, and the USA where the ensemble headlined the Taiko Nation concerts at the 2014 World Taiko Gathering in Los Angeles. Most recently Taikoz toured India with Chi Udaka, receiving much critical acclaim.
The group regularly appears in the theatres of regional Australia, having undertaken six Australia-wide tours. Taikoz has composed over thirty original works for taiko including several in combination with instruments such as shakuhachi, koto, marimba, saxophone, cello, drum set and didgeridoo. Distinguished composers Lachlan Skipworth, Sandy Evans, Gerard Brophy, Andrea Molino, Michael Askill, David Pye, Graeme Koehne and Timothy Constable have also written works for the ensemble.
Moments of intimate delicacy morph into thunderous peaks. Artists, young to mature, perform profoundly evocative works, all wrapped in an ever-evolving stage design by Bart Groen with art by Emma Hack.
Inspired by Noh playwright and theoretician Zeami’s once secret 15th Century treatise Fushiukaden and featuring internationally acclaimed Taikoz with guest artists including shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee and vocalist/percussionist Jess Ciampa.
Seven Flowers sees an extension of Taikoz’s musical palette: WA composer Stuart James’ atmospheric Kinabuhi | Kamatayon for Gamelan gongs and electronics sits aside a song by Taikoz Artitsic Director Ian Cleworth scored for voice, taiko, percussion and electronica, while a ‘re-imagined’ Shinto prayer contrasts with Swiss composer Fritz Hauser’s Shong – a drum solo played with hands, brushes and voice!
“The flower is the mind, the seed is technique.”
Zeami Fushikaden (The Transmission of Style and the Flower)