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TaikOz in Concert
Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii at Manoa Music Department
Honolulu, HI
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TaikOz in Concert
The East-West Center Arts Program presents:

Australia's premier taiko ensemble begins its U.S. debut tour in Hawaii, with special guest Kenny Endo.

Sunday, July 6, 2014
4:00-5:30 p.m.

Orvis Auditorium
Music Department
University of Hawaii - Manoa
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

General admission: $25
Seniors (60+), military: $22
Students (youth to age 17, college students with ID): $15

Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, one hour before show time.

Seating is general - first come, first served. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Please allow time for parking on the UH campus. Special event parking fees may apply.

This concert is made possible by generous support from Hawaiian Airlines and Aston Hotels & Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai'i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai'i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Sumi Makey, Richard H. Cox, EWC Arts 'Ohana members, and other generous donors.

About TaikOz:
Since 1997 TaikOz has established a unique performance aesthetic that reflects the group's passionate dedication to the forms of wadaiko and a desire to create new music for today's audiences. The group undertakes a year-round schedule of workshops, teaching and performances that have seen them appear on the stages of Australia's finest concert halls, as well as those of Japan, Paris, Bangkok, Taiwan and most recently, Abu Dhabi. The group regularly appears in the theatres of regional Australia, having undertaken four Australia-wide tours.

TaikOz has composed over thirty original works for wadaiko, including several in combination with instruments such as shakuhachi, koto, marimba, saxophone, cello and didgeridoo. Distinguished composers, Gerard Brophy, Andrea Molino, Michael Askill, David Pye, Philip South, Graeme Koehne and Timothy Constable have also written works for the ensemble.

TaikOz has collaborated with artists and companies as diverse as John Bell and the Bell Shakespeare Company, taiko greats Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe, Eitetsu Hayashi and Eitetsu Fuun no Kai, and choreographers Meryl Tankard and Anandavalli. In 2012, TaikOz collaborated with Kodo on a nation-wide tour of Australia. The group has also appeared in concerto works with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Dresden Sinfoniker in Europe. Awards include Limelight "Best New Composition Award" for Kaidan, Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in recognition of TaikOz's commitment to Australian music and a Drover Award for regional touring and education.

A brief overview of TaikOz's history:
Over twenty-five original works for wadaiko, often featuring such instruments as shakuhachi, shinobue, nôkan, koto, voice, percussion, marimba, saxophone, guitar and didgeridoo

New works for wadaiko and other instruments by Australian composers Gerard Brophy, David Pye, Michale Askill, Timothy Constable, Philip South and Graeme Koehne

Major collaborations:
150 taiko players, drummers and percussionists in Sydney City for Sydney Festival First Night (2010)
John Bell and The Bell Shakespeare Company in William Shakespeare's Pericles (2009)
Senior members of Kodo - Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Chieko Kojima, Yoko Fujimoto, Motofumi Yamaguchi and Eiichi Saito (2009)
Director and choreographer Meryl Tankard in Kaidan: A Ghost Story - a dance, music, theatre work - Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House (2007) World Premiere Work      
Eitetsu Hayashi and Fuun no Kai in Australia and Japan (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008)
Wadaiko Matsumura-gumi in Australia and Japan (2004, 2005)
Performances of Australian taiko music in Japan:
National Theatre of Japan, Tokyo (2008)
Hibike Festival, Echizen (2005)
Kaikyôsai Festival, Kobe (2001)

Performances with orchestra:
Mono-Prism by Maki Ishii with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and conductors Hiroyuki Iwaki, Ryusuke Numajiri and David Porcilijn (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2009, 2010)
Book Of Clouds by Gerard Brophy with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Riley Lee, shakuhachi and Synergy Percussion, conducted by Tadaaki Otaka (2008) World Premiere Work
Winners by Andrea Molino and the Queensland Symphony at the Brisbane Festival and Dresden Sinfoniker at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2006) World Premiere Work To view documentary footage of the Winners project click here  
Major tours of regional Australia:
Shifting Sand (2012)
Blessings Of The Earth (2010)
The Gathering (2008)
Da Ha-Pounding Wave (2006)

Limelight "Best New Composition Award" for Kaidan (2007)
Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in recognition of TaikOz's commitment to Australian music (2006)
Drover Award for regional touring and education (2005)
The group has released four CDs and two DVDs.

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Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii at Manoa Music Department (View)
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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