A captivating performance of Japanese drumming ‘taiko’ is coming to Gunnedah next Thursday.

The touring taiko drumming group called Taikoz, formed in 1997 and is continuing to give Australia an expressive and intercultural experience.

Its performance is described as ‘thunderous taiko meets soulful flute, sonorous handpan, dynamic movement – enveloped in a colourful light sculpture’.

This will be the first time the group has performed in Gunnedah and with it brings the rare opportunity to watch a group that has toured around the world.

Ian Cleworth, Kerryn Joyce, Sophia Ang, Ryuji Hamada and Claudia Wherry are the creative ensemble and composers behind Taikoz.

Composers have been largely influenced by effects of COVID-19 and their pieces reflect a story from darkness to growth and new life.

The night features Karlin Love’s Fierce: The Vengeance Of Joy, a winning composition of Taikoz’s 2020 Women Composers Competition.

The group prides itself on pieces from both taiko and non-taiko composers to create a unique experience.

Taikoz’ performance titled ‘Side by Side’ will be performed at The Civic on Thursday March 2, 2023, at 6:30pm.

Tickets can be brought online at https://events.humanitix.com/taikoz-japanese-drumming or call the Gunnedah Conservatorium on 6742 3998 for assistance.

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