TaikOz & Topology & Karak Percussion
Enmore Theatre, Enmore
8pm Friday 27th November 2009
Key Artists: Robert Davidson/Topology & Ian Cleworth/TaikOz & Karak Percussion
Program: new works by Robert Davidson and John Babbage (Sax), David Pye and Ian Cleworth
TaikOz is Australia's premiere taiko drumming group will join forces with Topology - Australia's most challenging and eclectic new music ensembles and the virtuosic percussion duo - Karak.
Despite their surface differences, the groups share a common desire to push boundaries within their chosen art forms: they write and perform their own music as well as that of other composers, and are adept at improvisation and working in a variety of locations and mixed media. TaikOz and Topology are keen to experience and feed off each other's energy and to this end new works will be composed by members of each ensemble. In addition, a new piece by renowned WA composer David Pye will be a much anticipated premiere. TaikOz will feature most of its line-up (if not all 7), including Riley Lee and Topology, lead by composer and performer Robert Davidson, comprises piano, bass, saxophones, violin and viola - all amplified.
Ian Cleworth Artistic Director featuring Riley Lee; Graham Hilgendorf, Masae Ikegawa, Kevin Man, Kerryn Joyce, Anton Lock, Tom Hampton.
Established in 1997, TaikOz undertake a year-round schedule of performances, workshops and teaching. The group regularly tours throughout collaborating with artists and organisations such as many Symphony Orchestras, acclaimed choreographer Meryl Tankard, taiko great Eitetsu Hayashi and chamber music presenter Musica Viva. TaikOz travels internationally and in particular to , where the group’s approach to taiko and shakuhachi performance has received considerable acclaim. Awards include the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in 2006 in recognition of TaikOz’s commitment to Australian music and the 2005 Drover Award for regional touring and education.
Bernard Hoey – viola; Christa Powell – violin; John Babbage – saxophone; Kylie Davidson – piano; Robert Davidson - bass
Topology is increasingly recognised as one of ’s leading new music ensembles. Their energetic, full-blooded sound belies their compact instrumentation. Since forming in 1997, Topology has built a solid audience, and regularly performs to sold-out houses around . The group’s concerts are broadcast nationally by the ABC. Nothing if not flexible, Topology is often found in the theatre, in art galleries, clubs, accompanying silent film, even supporting pop groups such as Savage Garden in 10000-seat arenas. But their typical home is in the concert hall; in addition to their annual concert series, they are frequently featured in festivals.
Kerryn Joyce and Kevin Man - percussion
Karak Percussion is one of ’s most virtuosic and versatile percussion duos. Since their debut in 2001 Karak have collaborated with musicians, composers, artists and dancers to create unique musical experiences. Some of their collaborations have included working with Riley Lee, Topology, the Queensland Ballet, and the Brisbane Sinfonia. In addition to their own compositions, Karak has commissioned new works for percussion duo from Australian composers including Robert Davidson, Alan Lawrence, Jessica Wells, Michael Dixon and David Pye. Education initiatives include presenting workshops and concerts in regional NSW and Queensland, as well as major centres including Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Karak compositions are published by Australian music publisher Rhythmscape Publishing.