Taikoz Drumming Seven Flowers

Rebecca Varidel
1st Oct 2019

The Flower is the Mind, the seed is technique.
Zeami Fushikaden (The Transmission of Style and the Flower)

Noh playwright and theoretician Zeami wrote these words in his once secret 15th Century treatise Fushikaden. In the first chapter, Zeami describes the seven periods of an artist’s life and work which, in terms of Noh, begins at the tender age of 7!

Internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble, Taikoz will be presenting the world premiere of their latest work, Seven Flowers, at the City Recital Hall on 18 October. Seven Flowers is a truly unique combination of spectacular taiko drumming, beautiful song, dynamic movement and stunning stage design.

Based on the words of 15th century Japanese playwright and theoretician Zeami Motokiyo, who described the seven periods of an artist’s life, Taikoz and special guest artists of all ages will embrace all seven of Zeami’s ‘ages of the artist’, exploring the many faceted phases of an artist’s life and work.

Joining the world renowned Taikoz ensemble for Seven Flowers is Shakuhachi Grandmaster Riley Lee, singer/percussionist extraordinaire Jess Ciampa, Sydney Children’s Choir’s Eva Ancher (voice), Taiki Kendrick from Taikoz’s student ensemble TATAKU, and Zara Luong from the MLC taiko ensemble. Together they will be performing new works by Swiss composer Fritz Hauser, Western Australia’s Stuart James and Taikoz’s Artistic Director Ian Cleworth. Delicate moments will morph into thunderous peaks as the artists, young to mature, perform profoundly evocative works side by side.

Seven Flowers features visually stunning production design which incorporates suspended elements, projections and special non-traditional lighting techniques. The design incorporates artwork from Australian visual artist Emma Hack (best known for her work on Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ music video).

Tickets to this contemporary music event are available here >> www.cityrecitalhall.com/whats-on/events/taikoz-seven-flowers

Premium tickets include a post-show drink and Meet and Greet in the Level One Bar.