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NC State LIVE presents Yamato: The Drummers of Japan


Friday, February 28 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre

Yamato’s motto is “Go anywhere if invited and make the world a little more happy.” With close to 200 performances a year worldwide, they take happiness very seriously. Traveling from Japan’s Asuka Village in Nara Prefecture, these highly trained musicians captivate audiences through Japan’s traditional Wadaiko (Taiko) drums.

Yamato thinks of their ancient instruments as a heartbeat, the basic element of life. To witness their playing is to become surrounded by this beat and immersed in an energy that ties us all together. The experience reminds us all of the power of live performance.

This article was originally published in the spring 2020 issue of #creativestate, the official magazine of Arts NC State.