If the European of Culture Pafos2017 events have shown us anything so far it is that they do not beat to just any drum, they beat to one that connects cultures and builds bridges. Continuing on this theme and making it very clear that the louder the beat of the drum, the greater the effect, the Yamoto Taiko Drum Ensemble from Japan will be drumming up a lot of excitement on Friday.
The internationally renowed drummers will perform on our island for the first time with their new show entitled Chousensha (The Challengers) where they push themselves beyond the limits, with perhaps their most impressive, energetic and explosive appearance to date.
The group was founded in Nara, Japan in 1993 and it currently tours the world for six to ten months every year, creating and presenting original compositions and shows. Their performances are breathtaking events that attract ever increasing audiences. To date the Yamoto Taiko Drum Ensemble has given over 3,000 performances in 53 countries.
For the members of Yamato every encounter with the audience is a unique and valuable process that offers new experiences, as well as liveliness and passion for life. Continuing to tour all over Japan and the world, whether in concerts, classrooms or workshops, the group continues to retain Yamato, the spirit of Japan when they hit a Japanese taiko drum made from a large 400-year-old tree.
Also, for those who would like to learn from the drummers, they will be giving two 30-minute workshops on the same day. The first will be at 6.30pm and the next at 7.30pm. The workshops are open to musicians, amateurs and percussion students.
If you want to sign up for this free workshop call 26-955178 or send an email to [email protected]
Yamoto Taiko Drum Ensemble
Performance by the ensemble. June 30. 28th October Square, Paphos. 9pm. Free. Tel: 26-955166
Workshop. June 30. 28th October Square, Paphos. 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Free.