Stonewave Taiko is a Japanese drumming group, practicing and performing the dynamic art form of wadaiko.
Stonewave Taiko is based in Bega on the wilderness coast of southeast NSW. It is the only taiko ensemble based in remote, regional Australia. Stonewave Taiko performs the beautiful and dynamic form of drumming performing arts originating in Japan that is known as wadaiko, or more commonly –taiko.
Local community enthusiasm for taiko grew out of visits by TaikOz to Four Winds Festival in 2008, and then grew of the upon arrival of TaikOz founding member David Hewitt to the Bega Valley in 2009. Formed in 2013 it currently boasts over 40 members of all ages and walks of life.
Stonewave Taiko have developed their wadaiko practice under the direction of David Hewitt and through intensive collaborative work with visiting professional taiko players from TaikOz and YuNiOn. This intensive development has resulted in Stonewave Taiko’s first full length production ‘Thunder and Waves’ in 2016, appearances at Four Winds Festival 2016, and becoming the hit of the 2017 National Folk Festival
Stonewave has also performed at many local festivals and charities including Eden Whale Festival, The Mumbulla Foundation, Cobargo Folk Festival, Rotary Fundraisers, Bega River Day, Tathra Enduro, International Women’s Day, Sculpture Bermagui, The Bega Show, Tanja Market Day and the opening the Bega Commemorative Civic Centre on Australia Day 2106.
To cater for the need of high-quality, affordable instruments for Australian taiko players, Stonewave Taiko facilitated the setting up of TaikoDrumWorks based in Tathra, NSW. They are Australia’s only taiko drum design and manufacturing company. Their instruments are of exceptional quality and are made totally of Australian materials and workmanship. TaikoDrumWorks have just completed a major order of taiko for Moorambilla Voices.
Stonewave seeks to create a unique Australian expression of taiko with the heartbeat of the NSW South Coast.