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TAIKOZ AND GUESTS : COMING TOGETHER

Brilliant dancing, stirring drumming and driving synthesisers were the highlights of this eclectic Seymour Centre show. TAIKOZ has been performing Japanese drumming, known as taiko, for twenty five years. Japanese percussion is a spectacular type of performance which can feature delightful subtlety, impressive force and amazing precision and TAIKOZ is a captivating exemplar of this art. TAIKOZ has included synthesizers, a woodwind ensemble, dance, xylophones and vocals in COMING TOGETHER to create a significant production.

The concert included five different works from composers Frederick Rzewski, Ian Cleworth, and Luke Styles. The versatile Ian Cleworth explained before the performance that the opening piece, Fred Rzewski’s 1971 Minimalist classic, COMING TOGETHER, was inspired by the writings of the Attica prisoner Sam Melville. Sam Melville was activist aligned with the Weather Underground
and the Black Panther Party opposed to the Vietnam War and U.S imperialism. His protests included bombing various New York City government buildings.

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PIGALLE – FUNK ME IT’S A GREAT NIGHT

Images Credit: Prudence Upton

With garbage cans and fruit crates, mirror balls galore and a popping neon sign, PIGALLE, playing at the Spiegeltent for the Sydney Festival, is a magnificent seat boppin’ reminder of why disco lives.  Heartbeats pound in rhythm with the bliss of remembering and re-living.  It was always going to be a crowd pleaser with this talent line-up but what we are treated to is a memorable night of variety, excellence and smart direction that leaves you wanting more as you tumble out with ‘Disco Inferno’ firmly earwormed.

As the crowd excitably buzzes waiting for the show to start, there’s a terrific music mix to begin that physical electricity that beloved music pulses in the veins.  The cast appear as ‘Street Life’ struts and frets upon the catwalk stage and feet begin the unstoppable tap.  Costumed with a period flair that keeps on coming,  these artists thrill with sexy poses and sashayed peacockery.   Continue reading PIGALLE – FUNK ME IT’S A GREAT NIGHT