Paramount Presents: Yamato – The Drummers of Japan
Live Events | 02/20/2020 | 7:00PM
“The Yamato show is a genuinely theatrical experience, delivered with balletic grace and infectious humor.” – Times Online (UK)
“It was simply captivating. The incredible talent and sheer enjoyment of what they do was plain to see.” – The Evening Post (UK)
A thrilling, high-energy, and explosive interpretation of the centuries-old Taiko Japanese drumming tradition. Jhonetsu – Passion captures Yamato’s virtuosity, strength, spirit, and sheer endurance. This past season marked Yamato’s 25th anniversary, celebrating over 3,500 performances in fifty-four countries, to over eight million fans young and old. We invite you to join us at The Paramount Theater for a performance guaranteed to lift your spirits with the Yamato drummer’s infectious sense of joy and entertainment.
More Information About Yamato, The Drummers of Japan: Yamato was founded by Masa Ogawa in 1993 in Nara, ‘the land of Yamato” which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. Presently based in Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture, Yamato travels all over the word with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting its very souls into the unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere.
In the village of Asuka, a place with more than a thousand years of history and culture, Yamato seeks new expression with Wadaiko as its backbone. They think of the sound of the drums – made of animal skin and ancient trees, some of which are more than 400 years old – as a pulse or heartbeat (Shin-on), the center of life and the source of power which pulsates within the human body. Like the strong and sturdy heartbeats of a lonely runner with a sleek and powerful body, Yamato attempts to create the energy of life, which envelops the audience and performers. What one feels when surrounded by the sound of Wadaiko, brought out by these highly trained performers, is what the Japanese call “Tamashy”, translated as soul, spirit, and psyche – the basic elements of life. It is something which is invisible and intangible but whose existence is certainly felt. The pulse, carried down from antiquity, will resonate within all the bodies gathered at any given performance.