On March 27, Claudia gave a stunning recital of a suite from Chi Udaka (... with a little help from her Taikoz colleagues & cellist John Napier :-) This performance marks the completion of Claudia's requirements for the Bachelor of Music (Honours), in which she majored in taiko. As far as I know, Claudia is the only person in the country to have gained a university music degree with taiko as the principal instrument. From the whole ATA taiko community - congratulations, Claudia!
And now we move on to preparing a whole bunch of pieces for our next main-stage concert production, SIDE | BY |SIDE. While a lot of the work was done last year when we were unable to perform, each composer is keen to spend some time re-thinking and revising their music before we get into the actual business of rehearsing the completed works. Kerryn has composed a gripping, high-energy duet for taiko set called Run!, which she and I (Ian) will be performing. Sophia has also composed for taiko set - a solo called Shadow Games, which she will premiere. The irrepressible Ryuji has composed a characteristically ebullient number called Yasaka, and Claudia a colourful piece for katsugi okedo - using hands, fingers and bamboo sticks - and percussion.
And just to add to the fun, the winner of our 2020 Womens Composing Competition, Tasmania-based Karlin Love has composed a very musically interesting quartet called Fierce: The Vengeance Of Joy. Karlin's piece uses the Dengaku Okedo extensively, which is fantastically interesting and expressive (not to mention, challenging!) instrument for Taikoz to explore once again.
With classes beginning again in Term 2, and the planning, work-shopping and rehearsing of lots of wonderful music ahead of us, it's great to be here and still going strong! Come and join us at SIDE | BY | SIDE and of course in the dojo for Term 2 classes. https://www.taikoz.com/whats-on/side-by-sidehttps://www.taikoz.com/courses