Taikoz: The Beauty of 8

Friday 26 July 8pm
5 days from now

Presented by Taikoz


The title, The Beauty Of 8, refers to the mesmerising shapes and movements that are synonymous with the yokouchi (side-on) style of taiko playing. Guest artist, Kodo Distinguished Member Chieko Kojima’s mastery of the style – not to mention her own personal artistry – brings a level of sophistication and expressiveness that is not only beguiling, but also deeply spiritual. Trained as a dancer, Chieko seamlessly combines her love of movement, sound and rhythm into a performance that is difficult to categorise: Is it drumming? Is it dance?

The performance also features Riley Lee, shakuhachi Grand Master – whose relationship with Chieko extends back to the 1970s when they were both members of the legendary taiko ensemble, Ondekoza. Framed within a program of new music composed by Taikoz members Ian Cleworth and Anton Lock, with electronica and sound design by John Cleworth, The Beauty Of 8 sees Chieko and Riley reunited for a performance that matches their inner intensity, beauty of expression and synchronicity of sound and movement.


  • Friday 26 July 2019 8:00 PM

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  • Adult $60
  • Concession $55
  • Youth $45
  • Junior $30


Civic Theatre
375 Hunter Street