Synergy Percussion & Taikoz



Internationally renowned music ensemble Taikoz is looking for support toward producing their new work called »Seven Flowers«. It will receive its premiere at the City Recital Hall, Sydney October 18 2019.

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Featuring Taikoz and numerous guest artists including Riley Lee, »Seven Flowers« is inspired by Noh playwright and theoretician Zeami. The work will explore Zeami’s 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! In a happy coincidence, Taikoz, and guest artists closely associated with the ensemble embrace all seven of Zeami’s ‘ages of the artist’, and so, from youngster to elder, »Seven Flowers« explores the many-faceted phases of an artist’s life and work.

Featuring new works by Swiss composer Fritz Hauser (Shong), Western Australia’s Stuart James (Kinabuhi | Kamatayon) and Taikoz’s Artistic Director Ian Cleworth (The Place Where Nothing Is Done), »Seven Flowers« combines spectacular taiko drumming with beautiful song, dynamic movement, colourful percussion, and an evocative stage design by artists Bart Groen and Emma Hack.

»Seven Flowers« will extend Taikoz’s musical pallette. A new work for Balinese and Javanese gongs with electronics will sit aside a song for voice, taiko, percussion and electronica, a re-imagined Shinto prayer, and a solo drum played with hands, brushes and the voice!
Delicate moments will morph into thunderous peaks: artists, young to mature, perform profoundly evocative works that are wrapped in an ever-evolving stage design by Bart Groen.

»Seven Flowers« is now in motion, with compositions being finalised and workshopping/rehearsal underway. However, we need some financial assistance to cover composer and designer fees: Taikoz needs to raise $15,000 to assist with covering these costs. The premiere performance at City Recital Hall is the first of a number of planned performances of »Seven Flowers«. We are planning to tour the work nationally and regionally in 2020/21 and hope to take it internationally in 2021/22. Supporting this work supports not only Taikoz, but also composers, artists and a number of guest performers.

All donors will be recognised in the City Recital Hall »Seven Flowers« program, all future performances of the work, and the 2019 Synergy and Taikoz Annual Report.

»Seven Flowers will become the next major work to sit within the ever-growing Taikoz repertoire and will undoubtedly make all supporters proud to have enabled this work to come to fruition and shine in its first performance.

Be a part of »Seven Flowers« – support and sustain our creative future!


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Synergy Percussion has pioneered and championed new music in Australia for 45 years. Previous AD’s, Michael Askill and Timothy Constable led us to the forefront of the Australian musical avant garde, and we continue to build on that significant legacy. Our vision, together with our exceptionally talented ensemble members, has enabled us to work with leading artists including: Steve Reich, Peter Sculthorpe, Fritz Hauser, Evelyn Glennie, Nigel Westlake, Ross Edwards, Hossam Ramzy, Aly N’Diaye Rose, Trilok Gurtu, Kazue Sawai, Sydney Dance Company, Meryl Tankard, William Barton, ACO, SSO and MSO

Taikoz began life 22 years ago inspired by Synergy’s experimentation with Asian music. Combining Japanese taiko and western new music to create a unique percussive style, there is no ensemble like it in the world. Under Ian Cleworth’s peerless Artistic Direction, Taikoz has achieved international renown as a unique expression of new music from old traditions. Collaborators: Andrea Molino, Graeme Koehne, Bell Shakespeare, Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe, Meryl Tankard, Sandy Evans, Dresden Sinfoniker and Sydney, Melbourne, WA, Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Awards: Limelight Best New Composition, Sidney Myer Performing Arts and a Drover.


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