Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers bring their ‘THUNDEROUS’ rhythms to Theatre Royal Margate 21 May 2016.
Here’s what the press are saying about this EPIC tour!
“Mugenkyo perform Taiko with manifest skill and awesome relentless energy. Having learned the ancient drumming techniques from Japanese master Kurumaya [Mugenkyo] showcases its musical presentation in totally modern style, making the esoteric thoroughly pop. Splendidly exploiting the theatrical potential of their intensely forceful drumming and mesmeric heat of the rhythm, they leap from drum to drum, dance around them with mini cymbals and handbells, and strike vivid gestures with choreographed force…Mugenkyo sustains its appeal right to the climax, winning thunderous applause.”- The Stage
“A display of drumming that would have left poor Ringo breathless. Martial arts met musicianship with intricately choreographed and hugely dramatic routines. The performers showed not only mastery of the instruments but immense physical fitness. It takes strength and stamina to play some of these drums, particularly the massive Odaiko drum that dominates the stage. The real surprise is the flexibility of these instruments which were both moody, sensitive, hypnotic and rousing.
It was electrifying stuff and hugely appreciated by a lively audience. For virtuoso drumming, this was hard to beat.” – The Stafford Sentinel
The members of Mugenkyo, Europe’s only professional Taiko drumming group, perform with what seems an unlikely combination of reckless abandon and metronome-like precision. Armed with wooden sticks, they whack their drums – which range from small, bowl-sized instruments to others the size of boulders – in a combination of synchronised movements reminiscent of tai chi. But there is nothing tai chi-like about the sound: a heady, relentless and rigid beat over which complex counter-rhythms are steadily added. From a soft pitter-pattering evocative of a slight rainfall to a thundering, eardrum-bursting shudder loud enough to wake the gods, these musicians display a remarkable control, with not a beat out of place anywhere.” – The Scotsman