Australian drum ensemble to play Evert Theater
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Sonoma County Taiko and Sonoma County Matsuri will present “TAIKOZ in Concert – Asian Thunder from The Land Down Under” on Friday, July 11 at Evert B. Person Theater on the Sonoma State University campus.

This event is sponsored by Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League.

There will be two shows – a 2:30 p.m. matinee dress rehearsal and 7 p.m. evening show. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) for the matinee and $30 in advance ($35 at the door) for the evening show. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or through Sonoma County Taiko or Sonoma County Matsuri members. There will be an additional $5 parking fee for campus parking.

TaikOz is the premier taiko drumming ensemble based in Sydney, Australia. Since 1997, TaikOz has developed a reputation for dramatic performances that couple explosive energy and extreme dynamism with refinement and grace. 

Although they have performed across the globe, this is their first ever appearance in Northern California. This show will be the only one prominently featuring TaikOz during their Northern California tour.

Arnold Shimizu, artistic director of Sonoma County Taiko, says, “We are very excited to present the most renowned Australian group to our local community. We are extremely proud that TaikOz has chosen Sonoma County as one of their few stops in California. 

“This one-of-a-kind appearance is made possible by a unique collaboration between Sonoma County Taiko, Sonoma County Matsuri, and TaikOz. Together, we are all committed to sharing authentic Japanese culture and arts with the general public and look forward to these special shows.”

For more information, contact Sonoma County Matsuri ( or Sonoma County Taiko ( or call (707) 575-0723).

Since 1997, TaikOz has established a unique performance aesthetic that reflects the passionate dedication to the forms of wadaiko and a desire to create new music for today’s audiences. The group appears on the stages of Australia’s finest concert halls, as well as those of Japan, Paris, Bangkok, Taiwan and most recently, Abu Dhabi. The group regularly appears in the theatres of regional Australia, having undertaken four Australia-wide tours. Composers, Gerard Brophy, Andrea Molino, Michael Askill, David Pye, Philip South, Graeme Koehne and Timothy Constable have also written works for the ensemble.

Drawing on their extensive collective experience in Japanese traditional music and dance, symphonic and contemporary music, TaikOz has developed a unique sound and approach to wadaiko. With over 25 original works – including several in combination with instruments such as shakuhachi, koto, marimba, saxophone, cello and didgeridoo. 

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