Feel the thunder ... Yamato returns


Feel the thunder. One of the most popular acts to come to Mercyhurst University is returning this month for their 20th anniversary tour.

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture presents Yamato – The Drummers of Japan for two performances: Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. The show is sponsored by WMCE Radio.

In celebration of 20 amazing years, these extraordinary performers are embarking on a special anniversary tour, “ROJYOH,” or, “on the road,” which highlights their most memorable performances.

Using Taiko drums, some of which are more than 400 years old, Yamato channels up a primordial thunder, as the stage resonates with booming power. The sonorous beat of Taiko’s rich reverberations is considered to be the sound of Japan itself by many Japanese people. The distinctive boom of these enormous drums – some weighing more than 1,000 pounds – represents the identity of the Japanese nation.

Fans all over the world experience Yamato’s spectacular celebration of their exhilarating combination of drumming and theatricality. Since being founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993, Yamato has given more than 2,500 performances in 51 countries and regions. The Scotsman (UK) hailed ROJYOH as “a show of unbridled enthusiasm, much humour and great musical variety.”

Each performance will be preceded by an interactive pre-show event from the show’s community partner, the Erie Asian Pacific American Association. The pre-show fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday in Cummings Art Gallery.

Yamato returns to the Mercyhurst stage in an encore presentation for two performances of unforgettable, explosive rhythm you won’t want to miss.

Tickets are $37 and $40 for adults; $37 and $34 for seniors; and $28 and $25 for students and youth 12 and under. For tickets, visit miac.mercyhurst.edu or call the box office at 814-824-3000.

The 2013-14 MIAC Live Season is sponsored by Cumulus Media.

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