Dates and times for Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
Sunday 24th November 2019
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
In their landmark 25th year, the UK’s original touring Taiko Tribe, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, return to the road with a brand new show of skill, stamina & red-hot rhythms to stir your soul!
As Europe’s longest-established taiko group, Mugenkyo are widely recognised as the ground-breaking pioneers of this exciting art-form, with cross-genre collaborations, TV film & recording projects, and thousands of performances worldwide, thrilling audiences and inspiring generations of taiko players.
This year they celebrate the growth of their Tribe of performers from across the globe, with the latest captivating performance of sharp synchronisation, dramatic choreography and powerful rhythms on huge taiko drums.
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are the UK’s first and only professional touring taiko group, and Europe’s most established performing company in this fast-expanding field. Through performing over 100 concerts a year, the group have built a solid reputation for their hard-hitting and energetic performances since their establishment in 1994.
Mugenkyo’s main work is touring a full-length concert at theatres and concert halls, including London Queen Elizabeth Hall, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Gateshead Sage, Reading Hexagon, Bristol Colston Hall, Edinburgh Usher Hall, amongst others. The group has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes worldwide, including the Brit Awards, BBC Last Night of the Proms, the Generation Game and has even featured in a Bollywood film.
Mugenkyo present taiko in a modern and theatrical style – with precise choreography, dramatic lighting, and a variety of costumes ranging from the post-apocalyptic industrial to gorgeous earthy silks. The concert is extremely musically varied; powerful rhythms, huge taiko drums, delicate shinobue bamboo flute, expressive percussion, and dance. Through their 21 years of rigorous touring, Mugenkyo have developed a style that is uniquely their own. Retaining the traditional spirit of taiko, yet creating a thoroughly contemporary sound, Mugenkyo are forging a new path with their innovative approach.
What the critics say
'This is not music for wimps. A tour de force of both music and stamina…If the tour bus is parked in your neighbourhood my advice is go to the gig and don't take the cotton wool.'Avant Magazine
'Mugenkyo showcases its musical presentation in totally modern style, making the esoteric thoroughly pop… sustaining its appeal right to the climax, winning thunderous applause.'The Stage
'This show is not one to be missed.'Edinburgh Evening News