Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers live at The Futurist Theatre
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are the UK’s first and only professional touring taiko group, and Europe’s most established and successful performing company. Through performing over 100 concerts a year, the group have built a solid reputation for their hard-hitting and energetic performances since their establishment in 1994.
Festival highlights over the years have included appearances at: Glastonbury Festival, the Rhythm Sticks Festival, Phoenix Rock Festival, and the Marlborough & Cork Jazz Festivals. Mugenkyo have also performed at numerous large-scale multimedia events at venues such as London ExCeL & O2 Arena, Birmingham NEC & Manchester GMEX.
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers will be at the Futurist Theatre on Friday 28th September, with their full concert of thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery & infectious belly laugh humour – all in a spellbinding display of pure energy & sheer athleticism.
Last year they thrilled the 40,000-strong audience at London’s Proms in the Park, as well as pushing the boundaries with a collaboration with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra at the London Jazz Festival. This year’s performances have already taken them on two tours of the UK, to the Middle East and a tour of Japan.
This year is an important one for the group, as the two founders of the group, Neil Mackie & Miyuki Williams celebrate 20 years since first travelling to Japan & starting on their Taiko path. This milestone makes Mugenkyo the longest touring & most successful taiko group on this continent.
With thundering rhythms, exciting choreography and high energy, this show is not to be missed!
Friday 28th September 2012
Futurist Theatre, Scarborough
01723 374 500
£19 / OAPs’ & Children £14
“To play this music you need to be seriously dedicated, not just to its musical disciplines but absolutely physically fit. This is not music for wimps. A tour de force of both music and stamina…
If the tour bus is parked in your neighbourhood my advice is go to the gig and don’t take the cotton wool.”
Avant Jazz Magazine
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