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Based on a haiku by Japanese poet Miura Yuzuru, Toward The Crimson Sky has been written by TaikOz Artistic Director Ian Cleworth, evoking the poem's sensual, dramatic and often playful imagery of a cloud of dragonflies ascending into a deep red sky.
The thunderous drumming of the taiko is interwoven with the hypnotic melodies of the shakuhuchi and shinobue bamboo flutes, voice and a rare performance on the bass koto, a traditional Japanese 17-stringed plucked instrument to be played by special guest artist Satsuki Odamura.