CNY 2017

Chinese New Year came a lot earlier this year as it follows the lunar cycle rather than a set calendar date. I missed most of our lion dance performances this season so only did Friday and the weekend but that was exhausting enough! Usually I feel this tired after doing 2 weeks worth, not three... Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year 2016

I’m part of Jin Wu Koon Liondancing and Chinese New Year is a massive month long celebration in Sydney where the whole city joins in. It also means there a constant and intense schedule of lion dance performances for us that can range from morning till midnight and take us to all regions of Sydney... Continue Reading →

You Am I

I went and saw one of my all-time favourite bands in the whole wide world last night. And it was awesome freakin fun. They're an Aussie band and have been around for a  few decades now, and every time I have seen them they put on the best damn rock n roll show ever. Seeing... Continue Reading →

Abu Dhabi Do!

In February I was given the exciting opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to play with TaikOz. A huge honour, considering I'm not one of their more dedicated students. It was a unique advenutre and a bit of an insight into the life of a professional touring musician, and it... Continue Reading →

Breaking out

I was given the opportunity to sell some paintings. I wasn't sure what to charge as it puts a bit more pressure on you when it's commissioned work. But the brief was pretty open as long as it related to taiko music. So I came to an agreement if they let me experiment I won't... Continue Reading →

From baci to brushwork

One of my pleasures these last few years has been learning taiko. It is a Japanese drumming practice which spans thousands of years. Not only are the taiko, or drums, beautifully crafted generation after generation in Japan, this style of drumming is an art. It not only requires great technique but an insight into Japanese... Continue Reading →

Brushwork

I've been crazy busy lately, and cannot fit in as much drawing as I'd like. One small project I usually work on around this time of year is my TaikOz Student Concert tshirt and programme design. I like to give it some thought and time, but only had an afternoon to come up with something.... Continue Reading →

Are you ready to rock?

Creating music opens wide the doors in terms of how hands can be manipulated to play a multitude of instruments - striking, stroking, plucking, strumming, shutting, dampening, stretching... It is a very skill-orientated domain and what you can see in the hands are the technical demands (and years of practice) an instrument needs in order... Continue Reading →

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