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Japan Marvelous Drummers (Japan Marvelous Drummers)

By | Published on Saturday 9 August 2014

The title of this show is not misleading; there are indeed eight marvellous drummers involved in this musical extravaganza. What the title doesn’t mention, however, is the unexpected element of humour and theatrics. It doesn’t mention the displays of phenomenal strength, co-ordination and stamina. It doesn’t mention the wonderful aggression that all of the musicians display when playing the drums, nor how this contrasts beautifully with the peaceful solo played on Japanese flute and with the other traditional instruments. It doesn’t explain the synchronised nature of their movements that borders on dance, each member of the group playing in perfect time. Turn up to see a drum show, leave having witnessed a true spectacle of Japanese music.

Assembly George Square, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Stephanie Gray]