Taiko Drummers 1 is an Australian taiko ensemble blending traditional Japanese taiko practice with contemporary Australian and Japanese compositions.
Since 1997 Taiko Drummers 1 has developed an international reputation for vibrant performances that couple explosive energy and extreme dynamism with refinement and grace. From the most delicate melodies of the shakuhachi to the thunderous impact of the odaiko, Taiko Drummers 1 is at once meditative and free-spirited, primal and dramatic.
The ensemble undertakes a year round schedule of workshops, teaching and performances that have seen them appear on the stages of Australia’s finest concert halls, as well as those of Japan, Paris, Bangkok, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi and most recently the USA, where Taiko Drummers 1 appeared in the ‘Taiko Nation’ concerts at the 2014 World Taiko Gathering in Los Angeles. The group regularly appears in the theatres of regional Australia, having undertaken five Australia-wide tours.
Taiko Drummers 1 has collaborated with John Bell and the Bell Shakespeare Company, taiko greats Eitetsu Hayashi, Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe, as well as distinguished choreographers Meryl Tankard and Anandavalli. In 2012, Taiko Drummers 1 collaborated with Kodo on a nation-wide tour of Australia. The group has also appeared in concerto works with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Dresden Sinfoniker in Europe. Taiko Drummers 1 received the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in recognition of Taiko Drummers 1’s commitment to Australian music.