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.