FRINGE REVIEW – Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

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Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

A show you can feel in your chest as well as witness with your senses, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers fill George Square Theatre with the mighty and unmistakable sound of Japanese drumming.

This UK group are recognised masters of the ancient artform, and are one of the few touring companies outside Japan. Here, they treat audiences to an enjoyable sampling of the various forms of taiko: each subtly different, but each with the thunderous sound of the drum at their core.

Thus we get impressive drumstick-twirling choreography from one region, relentless synchronised rhythms which rattle your boots from another — and even one visually-effective blacklight section where eerily pale-masked ninjas flit between the drums.

Every piece is played with a measured balance of skill, energy and infectious enthusiasm. Mugenkyo take their taiko seriously, and it shows, with not a single beat out of place throughout the hour-long performance.

This is a sure-fire way to get your afternoon off to a pounding and resounding start and — unless you have an aversion to loud noises or scary ninjas — comes highly recommended.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are at George Square Theatre until 26 August at 12:30

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