Ian Cleworth and Riley Lee formed Taikoz in 1997. Over the past two decades the group has developed an original repertoire of works and productions that has seen them perform on the stages of Australia's finest concert halls, in the theatres of regional Australia, and in leading theatres and concert halls worldwide. Taikoz has performed in Japan, Paris, Bangkok, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi, and the USA where the ensemble headlined the Taiko Nation concerts at the 2014 World Taiko Gathering in Los Angeles. Most recently Taikoz toured India with Chi Udaka, receiving much critical acclaim.
A four-hour streaming event featuring Taikoz with soloists Riley Lee, Timothy Constable, Joshua Hill, Sandy Evans, Jess Ciampa, John Napier, Ed Goyer, Ed Rodrigues, Lee McIver, Trevor Brown, Baran Yildiz, Kerryn Joyce, Ryuji Hamada, Sophie Unsen and Richard Cilli (dancer/choreographer).
Evolving over four hours, our Meditation is underpinned by a subtle, ever-changing drone created live on the rin (temple bowl) and sound design by Timothy Constable. Inspired by the concept of the mandala, soloists, staggered across the four hours, will enter at the top floor of Phoenix, descend the spiral staircase down into the bottom floor musical space, improvising, collaborating and influencing the shape and dynamic of the work. Their combined energies will create a non-stop magical flow of sound, texture and melody.
Feel free to meditate, chant, sit quietly, dance, sing, play, or simply tune in and out as you wish! Meditation Marathon was produced in partnership with Phoenix Cultural Centre and streamed from Phoenix Central Park.
The Taikoz regularly appears in the theatres of regional Australia, having undertaken six Australia-wide tours. Taikoz has composed over thirty original works for taiko including several in combination with instruments such as shakuhachi, koto, marimba, saxophone, cello, drum set and didgeridoo. Distinguished composers Lachlan Skipworth, Sandy Evans, Gerard Brophy, Andrea Molino,