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Since 1997 Taikoz has developed an international reputation for vibrant performances that couple explosive energy and extreme dynamism with refinement and grace. From the most delicate melodies of the shakuhachi to the thunderous impact of the odaiko, Taikoz is at once meditative and free-spirited, primal and dramatic.
The ensemble 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, the USA, Paris, New Zealand, Bangkok Taiwan and Abu Dhabi. Their most recent tour was to India, where Taikoz presented Chi Udaka, a collaboration with Lingalayam Dance Company, to critical acclaim. The group also makes regular appearances in the theatres of regional Australia, having undertaken five Australia-wide tours.
Taikoz has collaborated with John Bell and the Bell Shakespeare Company, taiko greats Eitetsu Hayashi, Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe, as well as distinguished 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.
Taikoz received the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in recognition of Taikoz's commitment to Australian music.