BOOM: World-acclaimed taiko drumming ensemble, TaikOz, presents new work, Crimson Sky.
BOOM: World-acclaimed taiko drumming ensemble, TaikOz, presents new work, Crimson Sky. Marc Stapelberg

Marching to the beat of a different drum

THE world-renowned TaikOz Drumming Ensemble will explode with a powerful, high-energy performance of their new show Crimson Sky at Lismore City Hall tonight.

TaikOz musical director Graham Hilgendorf said Crimson Sky was heavily influenced by the syllable-based Japanese style of poetry, haiku.

"The colourful show is based on a haiku by Japanese poet Miura Yuzuru featuring autumnal clouds, sky and dragonflies," he said.

Audiences will be hypnotised by the rhythmic movement and powerful beats of Crimson Sky, contrasted with the unique sound of Japanese flutes and bass koto.

From thunderous drumming to meditative bamboo flute melodies, TaikOz has been wowing regional Australian audiences throughout 2014.

"A lot of people feel the sound of the taiko, the Japanese word for drum, rather than hear it," Mr Hilgendorf said.

"The way in which we play the taiko is very much about movement as well as the sound of the instrument, so it's a very visual performance."

Mr Hilgendorf said legendary Japanese bass koto player Satsuki Odamura will play her unique 17 string instrument for the first time in Lismore.

The rigorous show tests out the health and fitness of performers.

"We use our bodies efficiently; it's not all about strength because we use our body weight and movement to play the Taiko."

Norpa marketing manager Clare McGregor said to celebrate the TaikOz Lismore performances a Japanese BBQ will be held from 6pm at City Hall.

PERFORMANCE

What: TaikOz drumming ensemble perform Crimson Sky

When: Today from 7.30pm (Japanese BBQ from 6pm)

Where: Lismore City Hall

How much: from $20 for under 18's to $47 for adults

More information: http://www.norpa.org.au



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