Taiko From the plaintive cry of the shinobue flute to the booming thunder of the huge taiko (drums), the sounds of Japan echo through this latest release from Australia"s preeminent new music ensemble. Michael Askill, Ian Cleworth, Rebecca Lagos, and Colin Piper have created a sonic journey that is at once vibrant and reflective. Inspired by the philosophy and sounds of the traditional taiko drumming of Japan, Taiko reflects Australia"s unique position in the musical world - as a Western country keenly aware of its position on the Pacific Rim. This quartet of percussionists joins with Japanese flutest/composer Sen Amano and shakuhachi virtuoso Riley Kelly Lee in a series of musical dialogues, playing on the dichotomy between East and West that has colored so much of Australian art. The music of Taiko ranges from the Zen-like simplicity of Kamakura , a traditional Japanese work for the flute known as shinobue ; to the excited pounding of Sen Amano"s Shinrabansyo , featuring the taiko and gongs of the Arahan drum ensemble; to the subtle pointillism of Moon Over Water , an Ian Cleworth composition using dozens of unusual percussion instruments, shells, and found objects.