Cultural Series – YAMATO, the Drummers of Japan

February 11, 2025
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

YAMATO is a Japanese Taiko drumming group based in Asuka-mura Nara Prefecture which is well known by Japanese people as the hometown of Japanese drumming. Founded in 1993, these amazing drummers have performed in fifty-four countries around the world. This is their first American tour since 2020.

YAMATO’s Taiko work cannot be fully described by the word “performance.” On stage, they stand with more than 40 Taiko drums, all of which have different characters. The largest drum called “Odaiko,” is produced from a huge tree over 400 years old, is approximately two meters in diameter and weighs 500 kg. All other Taiko drums are different sizes and each have different sounds.

The members of the group train their bodies extensively to beat the massive Taiko drums. While Taiko drums can explode with sound, they can also produce delicate music that provides the listener with a palette of meticulously crafted notes. This is why YAMATO’s performances are known as “Physical Music,” and their performances receive high acclaim all over the world.