MOFO show set to hit Launceston with its rhythm stick this January

Launceston-made, leather instruments will feature in a collaborative performance for MOFO 2018.

Tasmanian leather sculptor Garry Greenwood, who died in 2005, left behind a legacy of curious leather instruments, some of which are owned by the Queen Victoria Museum.

Tasmanian Taiko and Leather Orchestra will combine the Launceston-crafted instruments, with the exception of the largest horn, and imported Japanese leather drums for two performances.

Orchestra coordinator Karlin Love said the performance was a visual and emotional sound that many people had never seen or heard before.

She invited Yyan Ng, who teaches Taiko (drum) in Launceston, to collaborate for the MOFO performance on January 12 and 13.

The collaboration sparked the creation of Tannery: Tasmanian Taiko and Leather Orchestra.

The end result will be an explosion of music, created by about 12 percussionists, which will send reverberations through Albert Hall.

The performance will be part of a double bill with Gotye Presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey with the Ondioline Orchestra.

Ng started playing the Wadaiko, which is a type of Japanese drum, about 10 years ago.

While the instrument has been played for ceremonies and festivals for centuries, it didn’t start being played outside of special occasions until the 1950s in Japan, he said.

The curious performance would expose people to new sounds, which was part of the MOFO experience, Ng said.

MOFO 2018 will be held in Launceston and Hobart between January 12 and 22 next year, with the Launceston weekend held on January 12 to 14.