In The Beauty of 8, Taikoz contrasts masculine and feminine, extrovert and introvert, tradition and innovation.
The Beauty of 8 refers to the mesmerising shapes and movements that are synonymous with the flamboyant yokouchi (side-on) style of taiko playing. The result is a spectacular combination of infectious rhythms, soaring melodies, lavish costumes and huge drums.
Joining Taikoz for The Beauty of 8 is Chieko Kojima, a Distinguished Member of KODO, one of the world’s leading taiko ensembles. Trained as a dancer, Kojima seamlessly combines her love of movement, sound and rhythm into an exquisite performance that effortlessly crosses between dance and music.
The Beauty of 8 also features Riley Lee, shakuhachi Grand Master, whose relationship with Kojima extends back to the 1970s when they were both members of the legendary taiko ensemble, Ondekoza.
The Beauty of 8 can also be seen at the Parade Theatre, NIDA, July 27