River of Rhythms is an explosive, high energy Japanese drumming performance by Bega Valley’s Stonewave Taiko in Moruya on Saturday 25 May as part of the River of Art Festival. Prior to the concert, experienced instructors from Stonewave will present a workshop open to anyone (aged over 6 years) interested in exploring taiko drumming.
The concert will feature a diverse range of dramatic drumming styles from Japan, as well as the soulful resonance of the bamboo flute, the Shakuhachi, played by David Dixon. Stonewave Taiko concerts create a unique Australian expression of taiko, with a rural heartbeat.
From its inception in 2013, Stonewave Taiko has been a community focused music group that engages a diverse range of people as both participants and audience. Artistic Director David Hewitt has created an inclusive and encouraging environment in which members develop music skills and confidence, learning to perform with energy, passion and joy.
The group has performed for thousands of audience members at various festivals including the National Folk Festival (ACT), Four Winds, Eden Whale Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, Cooma Multicultural Festival as well as presenting unique concerts in the south east region of NSW.
With recent funding support from Create NSW, Stonewave Taiko will spend the next two years expanding members’ skills through workshops with specialist tutors, offering general public workshops in other towns and presenting an annual Big Groove concert in Bega, in collaboration with local dancers, musicians and performers.
Tickets for the River of Rhythms Workshop are $30 (Bookings are ESSENTIAL) Saturday May 25, Moruya RSL Hall, 1:30-3:00pm. If you’d like to attend the Concert, tickets are $25 / $20 Concession / $65 Family (2+2) Saturday May 25, Moruya RSL Hall, 6:00-8:00pm. Online tickets available at www.trybooking.com.au
Stonewave Taiko images by Ben Marden