Yamato Drummers of Japan | Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College | Music | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Yamato Drummers of Japan

When: Tue., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. 2016

Japanese mythology includes the story of the goddess Ame-no-Uzume, who coaxed the sun goddess Amaterasu out of a cave by dancing wildly atop an empty sake barrel and creating a thunderous rhythm. Many consider this beat-driven display to be the mythological origin of taiko, a form of traditional Japanese percussion music. Bachi in hand, the men and women of the Yamato ensemble bring this drum-and-stick practice roaring into 2016 with a tightly choreographed and high-energy stage show. Founded by Masa Ogawa, this Nara Prefecture, Japan-based troupe combines athleticism, musicality and unbridled showmanship for the rhythmic routine “Bakuon: Legend of the Heartbeat.”

Price: $17-30.

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