Tura Adapts 2020 Commissioning

@TheRoots: Tao Issaro

Void (feat. Timbo Roberts)

Tao Issaro

A cross country collaboration between composer Tao Issaro and vocalist Timbo Roberts created in Balingup, WA and Kerala, India, Void is an exploration into the psyche of isolation and how we choose to fill our time.

Void by Tao Issaro was commissioned as part of the Tura Adapts 2020 Commissions @TheRoots – see more commissions here.

Notes from the Composer

Like never before, we are finding ourselves isolated under circumstances beyond our control. “Void” is an exploration into the psyche of isolated beings, grappling to come to terms with the new ways of communication and relationships through digital means.

The piece is a collaboration between audiovisual artist Timbo Roberts and composer Tao Issaro. Filmed and edited at the Origins Centre in Balingup, WA, composed and produced at Natyashram in Kerala, India. The composition is in Raag “Bhairavi” and features Tibetan singing bowls, Ghamak, gongs, bells, windpipes, percussion, electronics, and vocals by Roberts. 

With more space and time in our lives, we can choose how we wish to fill the void.

Tao Issaro

Tao Issaro is an Indian/Australian percussionist, composer and music producer based in Western Australia and Kerala, South India. Born into the artistic tribe of the “Daksha Sheth Dance Company”, Tao has performed over 3000 performances in 30 countries, in over 25 international arts festivals since the age of 9. Over the years Tao has developed a unique and dynamic performance language combining percussion, movement, physical theatre and story telling.

Some notable commissions and performances include BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall (U.K), Maximum India Festival at John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts (USA), Festival of World Cultures (Taiwan), Shanghai World Expo (China), Hong Kong International Arts Festival (China), Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre (U.K), BRICS Summit 2016 (India), Mahashivratri Festival at Isha Yoga Centre (India), Serendipity Arts Festival (India), Hay Festival (India), Woodford Folk Festival (Australia) and the Perth Festival (Australia).


Tura acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Tura New Music’s annual program is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.