TAIKO DRUM TROUPE TAKES OFF
AFTER starting their Taiko-drumming journey in 2015 with a study trip to Japan, a Rockingham/Mandurah-based group has come full circle and has been selected to play again in the country where it all began.
Three members of the Taiko Do ensemble – Trey and Carole Phillips and Jaye Attwood – will travel to Iida, Japan, in June to take part in a two-week Taiko intensive workshop before performing in that city’s annual festival.
“This course has participants from all over the world, and is run by Sensei Art Lee, who is very famous in Japan with his group Tokara,” Carole said.
“We will be performing in the annual Saiwai Festival in Iida City on June 23 alongside groups from all over Japan.”
She said the trip was a dream realised for the group.
“We began our group in 2015 after studying the art of Taiko drumming in Japan,” Mrs Phillips said.
“Upon returning we were very keen to perform Taiko, so we formed Taiko Do the group, then began teaching and recruiting members.
“We fell in love with the art of Taiko due to its blend of physical choreography and music making, the ties to traditional Japanese cultural rituals, plus the unity of mind, body and spirit in this unique form of music making.”
Carole and Trey will then go to Belgium for a five-day Taiko workshop in Antwerp with the Araumi Daiko Academy.
The other members of the group, – Jonas and Heather Carnegie and Karen Clay – are going to Melbourne in July to take part in the All Australian Wadaiko Festival, a week of training and workshops, culminating in a concert with members of the Australian Taiko Community.
Locally the group will next perform on June 4 at the WA Day Winter Street Party in Mandurah, hosted by Make Place Mandurah.
Taiko Do Rockingham offers weekly classes for both beginners and more advanced students.
They offer performances and workshops to schools, community groups, local governments and sporting groups. Their next beginners’ course starts on Tuesday, August 8, and runs for six weeks.
They are always looking for new people to join; no musical experience is needed. Call Carole on 0410 842 151 or visit their Facebook page.
Going with the beat... Taiko Do drumming group members Carole and Trey Phillips, Heather Carnegie and (front) Jonas Carnegie and Karen Clay.