Feel the rhythm

The Rhythm Hunters combine the power of Taiko drumming with indigenous music from the little known Islamic provinces of West Sumatra and Aceh, Indonesia. (Little known, that was, until the tsunami.)

The Rhythm Hunters’ artistic inspiration stems multi-instrumentalist Rendra Freestone’s dream to make The Rhythm Hunters a self-supporting international performance group. And he’s done it.

Rendra is a composer, community musician, ethnomusicologist, director, musical mentor and recipient of the 2004 Asialink Performing Arts Residency Scholarship (which enabled him to record remote indigenous music in West Sumatra).

Rendra found the physical intensity of Japanese Taiko drumming to be the perfect complement to the more subtle elements of Sumatran music. Upon returning from intensive study in Japan in 2002, Rendra developed the physicality of Taiko alongside the shamanic Sufi-like traditions of Indonesia into what has become the sound of The Rhythm Hunters.

The Rhythm Hunters will play Woodford Folk Festival (of course) and then the Bangalow A&I Hall on Sunday, January 3.

For more about the Woodford Folk Festival visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com.

For the Bangalow gig, doors open at 7pm; show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are $22/18 from Barebones in Bangalow and from www.kupromotions.oztix.com.au.

And at the door if any are left.

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