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Yamato Drummers of Japan in UK Tour 2015

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Yamato Drummers of Japan. Photographer Hiroshi Seo

The dynamic Yamato Drummers of Japan will return to the UK this Spring with their brand new show BAKUON, embarking on a 20-date UK tour opening at Bristol Hippodrome on Monday 20 April 2015, with a press night on Tuesday 21 April at Woking New Victoria Theatre.

Showcasing the energy and skill for which they are renowned, BAKUON takes the ancient art of Japanese Taiko Drumming and brings it bang up-to-date in an exhilarating display of expertise and athleticism. BAKUON follows the company’s last visit to the UK in 2013 with their acclaimed show Rojyoh, cementing their status as the world’s original and best Taiko Drumming company.

The Yamato Company was founded in 1993 in Japan’s Kansai region by Artistic Director, Masa Ogawa, who explains the company’s ethos: “Taiko is a musical instrument deeply familiar to every Japanese person. Since the dawn of history, Taiko’s rich reverberations have filled people with inspiration and encouragement in a wide range of settings. Its unmistakable sound is still heard throughout Japan today. We, the members of Yamato, believe in the unique value of Taiko. We are committed to preserving its traditions and exploring new possibilities for this majestic instrument. Our goal is to create ever more opportunities for the boom of Taiko to resound worldwide”

Yamato play Wadaiko drums that range from the size of a plate to over a metre in diameter, including the Odaiko drum, hewn from one huge tree over four hundred years old. Yamato’s captivating music has both delicate beauty and heart thumping bass power, played by drummers with a strength and skill that defies belief.

Yamato Drummers of Japan UK Tour Trailer 2015

Since its inception, the Company have showcased their fresh and energetic take on Taiko drumming in more than 50 countries and in front of over 5 million people of all ages, who have been left breathless and exhilarated by the skilled and energetic drumming of the Yamato drummers. This tour marks the company’s highly anticipated return to the UK, following the huge successes of their 2008 and 2013 shows. Of their return, Masa Ogawa says: “We are really excited to be coming back to the UK; audiences there have always been so enthusiastic and supportive of our work”.

Monday 20 April 2015
BRISTOL Hippodrome
Box Office: 0844 871 3012* | atgtickets.com/bristol*

Tuesday 21 April 2015
WOKING New Victoria Theatre
Box Office: 0844 871 7645* atgtickets.com/woking*

Friday 24 April 2015
STOKE ON TRENT Victoria Hall
Box Office: 0844 871 7649* atgtickets.com/stoke*

Sunday 26 April 2015
BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
Box Office: 0844 871 7650* atgtickets.com/brighton*

Monday 27 April 2015
CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre
Box Office: 029 2063 6464 wmc.org.uk

Tuesday 28 April 2015
TORQUAY Princess Theatre
Box Office: 0844 871 3023*

Wednesday 29 April 2015
BARNSTAPLE The Queen’s Theatre
Box Office: 01271 324242 northdevontheatres.org.uk

Friday 1 May 2015
COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre
Box Office: 024 7652 4524 warwickartscentre.co.uk

Saturday 2 May 2015
YORK Grand Opera House
Box Office: 0844 871 3024* atgtickets.com/york*

Sunday 3 – Monday 4 May 2015
CANTERBURY The Marlowe Theatre
Box Office: 01227 787787 marlowetheatre.com

Tuesday 5 May 2015
Box Office: 0843 208 6010 thelowry.com

Wednesday 6 May 2015
BROMLEY Churchill Theatre
Box Office: 08448 717 620 atgtickets.com/bromley

Friday 8 May 2015
LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
Box Office: 0116 233 3111* demontforthall.co.uk*

Saturday 9 May 2015
WATFORD Colosseum
Box Office: 0845 075 3993 watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Sunday 10 May 2015
WIMBLEDON New Wimbledon Theatre
Box Office: 0844 871 7646* atgtickets.com/wimbledon*

Monday 11 May 2015
FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall
Box Office: 0844 871 3015* atgtickets.com/folkestone*

Thursday 14 May 2015
INVERNESS Eden Court Theatre
Box Office: 01463 234 234 eden-court.co.uk

Friday 15 May 2015
DUNDEE Rep Theatre
Box Office: 01382 223530* dundeerep.co.uk*

Sunday 17 May 2015
BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
Box Office: 0844 871 3011* atgtickets.com/birmingham*

Monday 18 May 2015
EDINBURGH Festival Theatre
Box Office: 0131 529 6000* edtheatres.com*
*Booking Fees Apply

Thursday 26th February 2015


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