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The Rock-itt : January 2011
Jan 1, 2011 -- Festival time for Sydney and a gradual slow down from the usual hectic pace of the Christmas festivities. The Sydney festival does not only bring multiple dramatic play acts to Sydney but is rampant with free music and live acts. A draw card this festival will be on Festival First Night -- 8 January, where TaikOz will be joined by over 100 drummers playing on Macquarie Street in the city. One of the members Riley Lee whom lives in Manly would have meant this year that some local talent was on display however Riley recently suffered an accident in Queensland and is going through a series of operations to hopefully get him well and back playing the shakuhachi (Japanese end-blown bamboo flute). The sound of the impressive drums will thunder down Macquarie Street with some of the drummers exerting a similar effort to marathon runners as they wield the sticks on the impressive sized taiko drums. Riley was born in Texas, and lived in Oklahoma until 1966, when his family moved to Hawai'i. He began playing the shakuhachi in Japan in 1970. Riley has a PhD (Musicology, Sydney University). In 2003, Riley became the first shakuhachi specialist to be invited by Princeton University (USA) as one of its Visiting Fellows, and he has been invited by Princeton's Comparative Literature Department to return in 2009 to as a guest lecturer. Over 50 of his recordings have been released on international labels. In 1997, he co-founded TaikOz with Ian Cleworth, and the Australian Shakuhachi Society with Patricia Lee. More information can be found at the TaikOz website - http://taikoz.com/taikoz/default.aspx. One of the many international acts that will be part of the festival this year will be Beach House. Beach House is a duo from Baltimore, Maryland. With Victoria Legrand on vocals and organ, and the ambient sounds of slide-guitar by Alex Scally, with a twinge of Neil Young and a back drop of films by David Lynch. Their music is enchanting, dreamlike and shimmering. Legrand, the niece of French film composer Michel Legrand, grew up splitting time between Paris and Philadelphia. In 2004, after completing her theatrical studies, Legrand moved to Baltimore, where she met Alex Scally. The duo started collaborating as Beach House and in 2006, released their debut self-titled album followed by their second and third albums; Devotion, in 2008 and the recent Teen Dream collaboration with Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear. Beach House will be on at Beck's Festival Bar, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, January 26, the City Recital Hall, January 27 Another local Northern Beaches connection will be the Arrebato Ensemble whom are supporting Los Lobos during their only free Mike's Music Gumbo Mikes meandering mind of music mumbo jumbo reviews of the nation's live music mayhem and events. TaikOz TaikOz Beach House