Meet the organisations we are thrilled to partner with!
We are incredibly lucky to partner with this community based arts organisation that is based in Lismore, the heart of the Northern Rivers, NSW.
Jyllie Jackson & Sara Tinning
Jyllie has had over 40 years experience in the creative industries, from international fashion designer to now CEO and Artistic Director of LightnUp Inc, an independent community arts enterprise and producers of the renowned Lismore Lantern Parade. She is in the unique position of being an arts administrator, entrepreneur and practicing artist and manages projects ranging from 3 artists to 3,000 participants. Fundamental to Jyllie’s philosophy is a commitment to fostering the creative spirit and ability in individuals and their communities. This includes the principles of excellence, respect and authenticity, which allow projects to be accessible with a strong sense of ownership by the participants involved. Jyllie is working with lantern artist Sara Tinning. Sara Tinning enjoys texture and light, making a lantern brings both to life. Sara’s favourite stage of the lantern making process is covering the cane work with muslin. Sara loves working with fabrics and sewed as a child, she studied pattern making as a teen. Uninspired by the early 80’s rag-trade, Sara joined the costume department at the Australian Opera and set out on a journey through the wardrobes of theatre, ﬁlm, circus, dance, weddings and more to ﬁnd herself working with LightnUp and Moorambilla Voices.
We are home to two globally recognised music ensembles Synergy Percussion and Taikoz, Australia’s leading taiko training facility the Australian Taiko Academy and Australia’s newest international music festival ‘Boom! International Festival of Percussion’. We will also be introducing new streams over the next five years including an Afro-Latin School of percussion and a pre-professional Training Academy for percussionists.
Anton Lock attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School and was the frst student to perform on taiko for the HSC. He received top honours for his recital and was subsequently selected to open the proceedings at the Premier’s Awards and to present an item at the Opera House Encore performance – a concert given by the outstanding HSC musicians of 2003. Anton became a full-time member of TaikOz in 2006. Personal highlights include performances with TaikOz and Eitetsu Hayashi Fuun no Kai at Japan’s National Theatre as part of Eitetsu Hayashi’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, intensive workshops with Miyake Daiko teacher Akio Tsumura, and the 2009 Kodo and TaikOz “In Concert” Australian tour. In 2007 and 2008 Anton traveled to Sado Island and was taught Onikenbai, a traditional performing art of Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture by Yoshikazu Fujimoto of Kodo. Anton is passionate about Onikenbai and is continung his study with Yoshikazu Fujimoto and the original Iwasaki Onikenbai masters. In 2015 traveled to Colombawhere he has been living and working as both a recording artist, producer, model and performer. Primarily working with electronic sounds (heavily infuenced by genres such as dub step, trap, moombahton and dance, as well as being heavily infuenced by latin music) Anton has been performing a DJ style drumming show which involves recording, looping, mixing, drumming, synthesisers, vocals, dancers, lighting, all done live.
Sophie Unsen is a Sydney-based performer, composer and educator with a broad and deep background in a variety of contemporary and traditional music forms. A Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduate, Sophie specialises in traditional Japanese instruments including taiko (drums) and shinobue (bamboo fute). She joined the world-renowned ensemble Taikoz as a full member in 2017, after successfully completing Taikoz’s Individual Development Program in 2013 and becoming an Associate Player in 2014. In 2016 Sophie was awarded an Individual Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to undertake a three-month Training Fellowship with ex-KODO member Kaoru Watanabe in New York City. In 2015 she travelled to Japan to 1undertake intensive study with Iwasaki Onikenbai Hozonkai, Akio Tsumura & Sons, Kyosuke Suzuki and Mochizuki Saburo. Sophie performs regularly with Taikoz and travels to Japan each year to continue her studies. She is passionate about music education and thoroughly enjoys instilling a love from taiko in all of her students, both young and old. This is her fourth year with Moorambilla Voices, and she is thrilled to be working with the MAXed OUT company once again.
IKARA Celebratory Events
Phil is the Artistic Director of IKARA Celebratory Events, a site-speciﬁc theatre company that specialise in transforming space, and celebrating what is important to society as a whole – most notably with ﬁre, one of the four elements of life. Phil studied community celebration at Charles Sturt University (Theatre/Media) specialising in site-speciﬁc theatre, large-scale street puppetry and lantern construction. He has worked both here and overseas on major festivals and with theatre companies such as Welfare State International (UK) and Bread & Puppet (USA). In 2007 he formed IKARA Celebratory Events, and in 2018 established a studio/workshop in the Northern Rivers of NSW. IKARA now has a presence in Sydney and Bangalow, working with communities in both coastal and regional NSW.
YuNiOn was formed in 2005 by Masae Ikegawa and Graham Hilgendorf as a duet for taiko, percussion and more!YuNiOn takes people on a fun, open and soulful journey through the high spirited energy of the Japanese taiko drum, blended with percussive sounds and festive song and dance.
Graham Hilgendorf has studied various percussion instruments and styles of music from all over the world and has a Bachelor of Music Degree (performance) from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University.
Graham is not only a director of YuNiOn, he is also a founding member of Sydney percussion ensemble B’tutta and was a member of Japanese style drumming ensemble TaikOz for 18 years. He has travelled extensively performing throughout Australia including group concerto performances of Maki Ishii’s ‘Monoprism’ with Australia’s major Symphony Orchestras, toured to Thailand, performing in the Bangkok International Arts Festival, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and America and performed and given workshops throughout Japan.
As a freelance drum set player, Graham has performed in clubs and festivals in Sydney and around Australia with many of the Australia’s jazz greats and crosses over between contemporary jazz,‘old school’ traditional jazz, latin and African styles with ease.
In 2012 he premiered a new work for jazz drum set and taiko ensemble. This work has since been performed in Hamer Hall (Melbourne), Sydney Recital Centre, Canberra Theatre, Brisbane Concert Hall, and Adelaide Festival Theatre and toured regional Australia for 3 months in 2014. He has also directed and played many events which include the Sydney Festival First Night 2012 for 150 drummers, major corporate events for Toyota and AMEX and a music theatre work called Shifting Sand, which he composed, directed and choreographed. Graham also produced a 90 minute DVD film of Shifting Sand and toured this work extensively around Australia in 2012.Graham began working for Musica Viva Australia in 1991 performing with his percussion ensemble B’tutta in the Musica Viva in Schools program as well as working as an independent educator/musician travelling to schools all over Australia running creative workshops and residencies with students from 8 – 18 years of age.
As a director and performer in YuNiOn, Graham has taught in classes and schools, performed many school incursions, performed at major festivals, performed and directed major corporate and sporting events, collaborated with many taiko groups around the Australia and collaborated with many artists including Satsuki Odamura and KANO Yasukazu from Japan.
Masae Ikegawa was born in Kagawa, Shikoku, Japan and at age 5 she started playing taiko in a local kids group in Marugame city.
In 1997 she joined Manno Daiko, a taiko group from Manno town – Kagawa. For the next 2 years she performed with Manno Daiko throughout the Kagawa and Kansai areas as well as touring to the USA.
Masae arrived in Australia in 1999 and travelled to Adelaide and Melbourne where she met taiko groups before settling in Sydney and joining TaikOz in 2000. As a member of TaikOz she has travelled throughout Australia, South East Asia, Europe and America performing and giving workshops on her national drum, the taiko.
In 2005 Masae decided to return to Japan to study more about the art form of wadaiko (traditional Japanese taiko drum). During this trip she studied with many master players including Eitetsu Hayashi, Kyosuke Suzuki (Edo Bayashi), Takashi Kikuchi (Hachijo Daiko) and Akio Tsumura (Miyake Daiko). She also formed YuNiOn with Graham Hilgendorf.
In YuNiOn, Masae has been seeking her own voice as a taiko drummer, dancer, singer and performer as well as discovering the wonderful array of percussion sounds and how they blend with the taiko. She has a passion for the traditions of Japanese music, art and culture and continues to study these forms while also experimenting and discovering how she can present this music in a modern and new way. A recent collaboration with Clockfire Theatre Company saw Masae perform for the Sydney Festival 2020 in the Art Gallery of NSW.Masae’s understanding of the traditions of taiko has meant that she is a very popular teacher not only in Australia but also internationally. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of taiko drumming while having fun and keeping the spirit alive – her motto is “play together with fun and energy”.
Developed in 1999, Outback Arts is a not-for-profit arts and cultural development organisation working in the seven local government areas of Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Cobar, Walgett, Bogan and Warren.We work with individuals, organisations and government to generate, promote and advocate for the arts and creative industries in the Far West region of NSW.
Jamie-Lea Trindall is from Coonamble, starting the role in November 2009. Jamie-Lea was born and bred in Coonamble, after finishing school spent five years in Sydney where she graduated from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW with a Bachelor of Art Education and a major in Sculpture/Photography.
Lost All Sorts Collective
Lost All Sorts is a multi-disciplinary collective of Independent First Nations Artists from many different Nations. All of whom are graduates of NAISDA Dance College, Australia’s leading Indigenous Dance College. A collective that was formed, to maintain our values and virtues as artists and friends. We as a collective, will venture to continue to artistically express our contemporary Indigenous identities through different artistic disciplines, build upon a network of First Nation Independent Artists, and keep our connection to Country strong, in a modern world. We strive to tell our story, our history and our culture. Artists: Neville Williams Boney, Amy Flannery, Joan Atkinson, Aroha Pehi, Jye Uren and Emily Flannery.