Taikoz: The Beauty of 8

Friday 26 July 8pm
40 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