Event drums up tsunami support
THE thunderous sound of drums and cymbals has filled Island Quarry at Byron Bay in a fundraiser for victims of the Japanese tsunami.
At 11.11am on November 11, 2011, 111 percussionists (101 cymbal players and 10 drummers) bashed and clashed their way through a performance known as BoaDrum.
It was the fifth BoaDrum performance held on an astronomically and numerically significant date since 2007.
The performance was led by Japanese band The Boredoms with support from Mayo Harry and Vitamin-Q Yuki of Byron Bay.
Ms Harry, who is originally from the tsunami-hit city of Sendai, said all funds raised would go to the charity Ashinaga, which supports orphans in Japan.
"Our wish for this gig was to send a message to Japan that we're together and since 3/11 the Japanese community in Byron have had so much support from the local people and we wanted to thank them," she said.
Ms Harry said the performance aimed to change the negative energy associated with number 11.
"There was 9/11 (September 11, 2001) in America, the tsunami on 3/11 (March 11, 2011) in Japan and now we have 11/11 (November 11, 2011). We wanted to cut the negative energy tied to 11 by bringing people together and I think we broke that tie today."