You probably read the sentence ‘the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are appearing at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool on Sunday’ and aren’t that impressed.
But I guarantee that if you saw this lot in action you would be.
The group, who are the UK’s longest-established taiko ensemble (and Europe’s only professional touring company of what is a thrilling and energetic performing art), have more than 1,000 performances throughout Europe and Japan under their belts.
They last performed in Blackpool three years ago and are looking forward to showcasing their thundering rhythms in a brand new show.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of Mugenkyo and this latest show – which attracted a host of five star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival last August – will feature mysterious masked choreography interwoven with an almighty musical sound.
Mugenkyo was established in 1994 by Neil Mackie and Miyuki Williams, on their return to the UK following two years of rigorous training in Japan.
They relocated from their original base in London to the Scottish countryside in 1998, where they founded the UK’s first Centre for Taiko Drumming, the Mugen Taiko Dojo.
It’s from that base that they run an extensive training programme, including residential workshops for members of the public and masterclasses for percussionists and taiko players.
When they’re not doing that, they tour a theatre-length show around the world.
Sounds interesting if nothing else.
Tickets are £20 and available from www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk