Yamato Drummers Traveling and Engaging the World

Posted on 10/20/2011 8:36:52 AM

The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as part of its Ovations! series, will present world-renowned Taiko drumming troupe, Yamato: The Drummers of Japan. Taking center stage on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, Yamato will perform on a dazzling array of traditional percussion instruments large and small. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Founded in 1993 by Masa Ogawa in Yamato-no-Kuni—the present day Nara Prefecture—the troupe was created in what is regarded as the birthplace of Japanese culture. After performing for a small festival at the Toichi shrine in Kashilhara-shi, the group received recognition from a local newspaper, which sparked invitations from every which way.

The young ensemble started with a few small performances and grew to its current demand, touring around the world with more than 150 shows. They have played to sold-out houses in major venues throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. To date, the master drummers of Yamato have grown from four to twelve to fifteen members, male and female.

The drummers of Yamato stay true to their motto: “Go anywhere if invited, and make the world a little more happy.” The heart-pounding spectacle of athleticism, precision, and exhilarating musical expertise has been experienced by well over one million people worldwide.

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

When in training, the day of a Yamato drummer starts with a ten-kilometer run, followed by weight training for the rest of the morning. The troupe then practices drumming together in the afternoon, and individual practice continues into the evening.

The group spends from six to ten months a year in foreign countries. When touring, the Yamato drummers say, “All we know is the theaters, especially the backstage areas and hotels. But more than 300,000 people from fifteen to twenty or more counties in a year came to see us. We continue touring because meeting people is the joy of it all.”

When performing, special moments are born when the sound created by Yamato resonates with the pulse of everybody present. Ripples of pulses softly and gently overlap. At that moment, they feel the energy for tomorrow being born. The energy created by this encounter in turn gives the musicians the energy that propels them on with their journey of creation and expression. From their home village of Asuka in Nara, Japan, and running throughout the world, Yamato continues drumming and seeking engagement with the people of the world.

Of their sell-out performance in London, the London Telegraph stated, “Simply breathtaking.”

Tickets are available now at the Hadley Union Building, by calling 724-35-1313, or online at IUP Tickets. Ticket prices range from $14 to $30, depending on seating

The Ovations! series is produced by the Lively Arts, a program of the IUP College of Fine Arts. Ovations! is funded by the IUP Student Cooperative Association and over forty campus, community, state, regional, and national partners.



Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

November 8, 2011
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

A tremendously engaging and theatrical show by the world-renowned taiko drumming troupe providing a spectacle of athleticism, grace, and exhilarating music.

This event is over.

For more information, visit Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.