[MUSIC/World Music ~ SA]
Brighton Theatre at Brighton Performing Arts Centre, Sat 7 Mar.
In a secluded wooded valley outside Fukui Japan sits a dojo dedicated to the art of Taiko drumming, led by renowned Taiko Master Masaaki Kurumaya. For over a decade performers Katie Daly and Nicole Weepers have journeyed there annually to deepen their skills and experience, and tonight we were fortunate enough to witness the fruit of their dedication and passion.
Japanese drumming group ‘Matsuri Taiko’ literally translates to ‘Festival Drumming’ is a particularly apt name for a group based in Adelaide in Australia’s festival state. The group was formed by Katie in 2003 at the University of Adelaide and was shortlisted for the Best Music Award in the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Returning this year to the Adelaide Fringe with a new show, Nicole and Katie led a skilled troupe of performers in a rousing and entertaining performance to an appreciative audience. It was quite something to see – seven drummers all beating out the same pounding rhythm perfectly, then to listen and watch as each performer in turn brought in unique beats and rhythms to counterpoint and accentuate the performance. It was also lovely to see the enthusiasm and passion on the faces of the artists – clearly they love what they do.
All in all a terrific performance and experience – if you get the opportunity to see a Matsuri Taiko performance do so – you won’t be disappointed.
Heartbeat Of Japan continues at Brighton Theatre at Brighton Performing Arts Centre from 1pm on Sun 8 Mar.
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