TAIKO DRUM TROUPE TAKES OFF

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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.

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