Their headquarter is in the mountains of Southern Japan. Their day starts at 4:30AM, with a 12-KM run. I suppose, it’s mostly uphill runs since they are in a mountainous terrain. The run is to be followed by an hour of nonstop drumming. They prefer to train outdoors. Now, try to sharpen the picture in your imagination…then, the ‘zen-like’ feeling that goes with it, transcending from the harmony of nature, music, and martial arts…
…and watching this group perform live is a totally different cultural immersion! It really is the DRUM TAO – The Art of Drum Tour.
This is the first time that I’m posting two ‘full-length’ articles in a day (in my blog). I can’t help it. I feel inclined to promote Drum Tao. I watched their show at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila (RWM) last Sunday, July 15. They are to run 10 shows at RWM, with their closing show slated, July 22.
I only have good words to describe my Drum Tao experience – I was transported back to epic Japan. Their extraordinary performance showcased about 50 different drums. Adding more harmony to several acts, they also played the flute and the shamisen (a native Japanese guitar, expertly played using a bachi or plectrum – beautiful combination of strings and a little percussion). One can ‘see’ the rigorous training of the performers, not only in the way they perform and blend, but also in their strong physique. Admirable talent and discipline.
I never had a dull moment as the show ran for 2 hours. It was highly engaging. As audience, we did participate in some of the skits, filling the theater with lively claps and stomps – fun atmosphere in the light of a highly cultural performance.
‘Meowth’ rating: ALL PAWS UP! =)
Catch Drum Tao at RWM. Buy your tickets now! =)
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