Rockingham/Mandurah Taiko drumming group goes back to where it all began

The Taiko Do drumming group.
L-R: Back: Carole and Trey Phillips with Heather Carnegie
Front: Jonas Carnegie and Karen Clay
The Taiko Do drumming group. L-R: Back: Carole and Trey Phillips with Heather Carnegie Front: Jonas Carnegie and Karen Clay

AFTER starting their Taiko-drumming journey in 2015 with a study trip to Japan, a Rockingham/Mandurah-based group has come full-circle – being selected to play again in the country where it all began.

Three members of the Taiko Do ensemble, Trey and Carole Phillips and Jaye Attwood will travel to Iida Japan in June to take part in a two-week, Taiko intensive workshop before performing in that city’s annual festival.

“This course has participants from all over the world, and is run by Sensei Art Lee, who is very famous in Japan with his group Tokara,” Carole said.

“We will be performing in the annual Saiwai Festival in Iida City on June 23 alongside groups from all over Japan.

She said the trip is a dream realised for the group.

“We began our group in 2015 after studying the art of Taiko drumming in Japan,” Mrs Phillips said.

“Upon returning we were very keen to perform Taiko, so we formed Taiko Do the group, then began teaching and recruiting members.

“We fell in love with the art of Taiko due to its blend of physical choreography and music making, the ties to traditional Japanese cultural rituals, plus the unity of mind, body, spirit in this unique form of music making.”

Carole and Trey will then travel to Belgium for a five-day Taiko workshop in Antwerp with Araumi Daiko Academy.

The other members of the group, Jonas and Heather Carnegie and Karen Clay are going to Melbourne in July to take part in the All Australian Wadaiko Festival, a week of training and workshops, culminating in a concert with members of the Australian Taiko Community.

Locally the group will next perform on Monday June 4 at the WA Day Winter Street Party in Mandurah, hosted by Make Place Mandurah.

Taiko Do Rockingham offers weekly classes for both beginners and more advanced students.

They offer performances and workshops to schools, community groups, local governments, sporting groups and anyone else who is interested.

Their next beginners course starts on Tuesday August 8 and runs for 6 weeks.

“We are always looking for new people to join, no musical experience is needed. If anyone would like any information, they can call Carole on 0410 842 151 or visit our Facebook page,” she said.

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