TAO features Japanese Taiko drumming

2011-tao-01Direct from Japan, TAO brings explosive Taiko drumming to the Webb Center stage in the brand new show, “Phoenix Rising,” on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 pm. This heart-pounding production features extraordinary precision, energy and stamina.

Touring with a company of twenty drummers, TAO goes beyond basic Taiko with gymnastic-like movements and innovative choreography.  The athletic ensemble blends colorful contemporary costumes with exhilarating rhythms for a thrilling modern interpretation of this ancient art form.

The men and women of TAO live and train at a compound in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity only after years of intensive study. The performers each bring nontraditional flair to the group by drawing on their diverse backgrounds: one as a hard rock musician, another as a gymnast, and another as a composer.

With whirlwind martial arts displays and pulsating beats, the drummers bring a young and vibrant style to this authentic show. Performing across the country, TAO proves that entertainment based on the traditional art of Japanese drumming still has massive international appeal.

Tickets for this performance start at $25; $5 for 18 and under. Call the Webb Center’s Box Office at (928)684-6624 to order tickets, or click here for more information. 

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