Taiko On! Perth’s first dedicated performing Taiko Ensemble, an elite performance group focussing on the traditions and skills of Wadaiko and blending contemporary influences of percussion, dance, flute and Didgeridoo. Performance Style Traditional Festival Drumming in a variety of styles and positions with syncronised movements, vocalisation and energy.  Performance highlights include ZEST FEST – Kalbarri – Community workshops, school program and Performance,  Shinjyu Matsuri – Pearl Festival Broome WA, many more  & Consulted to WA Ballet 2017.  

 

Taiko On! Yoshitaka Saegusa aka Sanshi is a Japanese contemporary didgeridoo player who started playing didgeridoo in 1997. His passion took him to Arnhem land - the home of didgeridoo, where he met the didgeridoo master Djalu Gurruwiwi and his family. Sanshi was adopted into their family and given an aboriginal name "Malarra" (meaning Manta Ray). He performs as a solo artist, collaboration artist, studio musician, the trio "Breath" with Anne Norman (Japanese shakuhachi flute) and Reo Matsumoto (Beatbox), World fusion band “Eastwinds” and Taiko ON. Sanshi had played with several musicians and artists, from modern electro music to classical music, world instruments, dancers, live painting artists and live poetry readings. Sanshi’s didgeridoo performance techniques, variety of percussive rhythms and diverse range of sounds are ground breaking. His CDs include: "Chikyu" (meaning Earth);"Bansuri"; "Ancestral Spiral"; “Ocean Breath”; “Eastwinds” and other collaboration albums have also been released.  After the March 11 Earthquake disaster in 2011 in Japan, Sanshi has participated in charity concerts, and as a result, has realised music is a powerful tool for creating positive steps towards helping others. His performance style is Traditional Festival Drumming in a variety of styles and positions with syncronised movements, vocalisation and energy.  He plays Instruments Japanese Taiko Drums, Large “Nagado” and “Hira-daiko to small “Shime-daiko” Bamboo Flute & Didgeridoo as well as a variety of traditional percussion instruments.