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Tenchi Shinmei (Wadaiko Tokara)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2011

Scotland is not a hotbed for Japanese music, so Art Lee and his band of traditional Taiko musicians take time out of their set to give us some background infornation, before launching into an adaptation of Bach and songs from a Japanese coffee-machine. In the daytime Ocean shows, three musicians play with absolutely serene faces and powerful movements reminiscent of martial arts, while the Mountain shows in the evening feature talented drummers using simplistic instruments that resonate beautifully in this historical church. Peaceful, meaningful music with a purpose – from prayer to celebration – is played alongside Tango or Rumba music, showing the versatility of instruments and musicians alike. An absorbing show worthy of attentive ears.

St John’s Church, 5 – 29 Aug (not 11, 18, 25), times vary, £10.00 – £12.00, fpp221.
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