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The beauty of Taiko celebrated on Australian stages

The beauty of Taiko celebrated on Australian stages

The Beauty of 8, performed by Australia’s internationally acclaimed Japanese drumming ensemble, Taikoz, will tour across New South Wales and Canberra this July.

The performers will explore the immersive qualities of the Japanese Taiko in their stunning production, from July 19 to 27, 2019.

Taikoz performer Ryuji Hamada, who features as a taiko soloist, shinobue player and dancer on the mainstage, says the high energy of the performance will be a night to remember.

“It’s a really exciting show; we perform many various styles, and the audience can expect to see a lot of different types of Taiko,” Ryuji said.

The Japanese performer was appointed as a full member of Taikoz in 2015, just two years after he first came to Australia.

Growing up in a quiet town in Yokohama, Japan, Ryuji was first exposed to Taiko during summer festivals, where he would watch Taiko performances by local community groups.

“I was only a few years younger than [the performers], and I just decided that when I get older I want to join them,” said Ryuji.

Coincidently, his family were also big fans of Taiko, with his brother and sister watching it constantly, which made it easier for him to fall in love with the art.

After watching Taikoz live for the first time at one of their concerts in Brisbane 2013, Ryuji thought to himself, “How are they making that sound?”.

“Every single sound is so different, sometimes it’s warm, sometimes it’s cold – it’s like a different feeling for each sound,” he recalled.

Now, six years later, Ryuji will be on stage performing the Beauty of 8 alongside his group members and sharing the art of Taiko with Australia.

The traditional art form of Taiko has been practised in Japan for thousands of years, originally used as communication between people, and sometimes to communicate to their god, said Ryuji.

“I find traditional Taiko music from Japan really powerful, I think it is because the music has been played for such a long time and it is loved by so many people,” he explained.

“So this music has developed naturally over time and is really deep, and the power of the music is what makes our performance so special.”

Special guest Chieko Kojima will be joining Taikoz for the Beauty of 8 tour this year, who is a Distinguished Member of KODO – one of the world’s leading Taiko ensembles.

Find out who else will be featuring on the tour here.

Event details:

Sydney
WHEN: July 19
WHERE: The Glasshouse – 30-42 Clarence Street & Hay Street, Port Macquarie
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

WHEN: July 20
WHERE: The Joan – 597 High Street, Penrith
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

WHEN: July 26
WHERE: The Civic – 375 Hunter Street, Newcastle
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WHEN: July 27
WHERE: The Parade (NIDA) – 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Canberra
WHEN: July 25
WHERE: Canberra Theatre Centre – Civic Square, London Circuit,
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Chanelle Mansour

Chanelle is a third-year Bachelor of Communication student at Western Sydney University, with a major in Journalism and sub-major in Creative Writing. Through writing focused and enlightening articles, Chanelle hopes to present and share news stories that readers will find both entertaining and educational. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au