MEDIA RELEASE

26 July 2017

“***** Pure energy meets spiritual high” – Scotsman

YAMATO THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN Set to tour Australia

“If you’re looking for inspiring drumming and infectious dance rhythms you’ll be disappointed. This is much much more.” – The Guardian

YAMATO THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN are touring Australia from 8 September to 6 October 2017 including stops in Sydney, Queensland, Perth and Adelaide.

Since 1993, YAMATO have performed in 53 countries around the world, reaching over 6 million people, making them the most prolific Japanese performing art group to tour internationally.

YAMATO are the epitome of the Japanese spirit and bring new life to the traditional Japanese taiko and wadaiko drums by paying respect to its rich history and exploring contemporary drumming styles.

Beginning with the boom of a taiko drum made from a large 400 year-old tree, performers move their whole bodies to strike the drum with a powerful surge of energy that uplifts audiences in sync with the rhythm and intensity.

YAMATO is based in a village called Asuka, known as the birthplace of Japanese culture, and the group pride themselves on their expression of the ancient Japanese spirit.

The group live together in a community and create everything themselves, including the musical compositions, lighting design, choreography, performance techniques, makeup, and props such as the bachi (sticks) used in performances. In a first for the company, YAMATO will wear outfits designed by international fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto.

YAMATO’s newest display of originality and innovation takes the form of “The Challengers” tour performing in 16 cities across Australia, offering an anthem of encouragement to all to pursue life’s challenges with courage.

www.yamatodrummers.com

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AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

8 September – Bundaberg, QLD
MONCRIEFF ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: http://www.moncrieff-bundaberg.com.au/theatre/yamato-drummers- japan

11 September – Maryborough, QLD
BROLGA THEATRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: http://www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/Events/EventId/184/e/yamato- drummers-of-japan

12 September -Toowoomba, QLD
EMPIRE THEATRE, 8pm
Tickets: http://www.empiretheatre.com.au/event/417/Yamato:%20The%20Drummers %20of%20Japan

14 September – Port Macquarie, NSW
GLASS HOUSE THEATRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: http://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/YAMATO-The-Drummers- of-Japan-Sept-2017

15 September – Newcastle, NSW
CIVIC THEATRE, 8pm
Tickets: http://www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Whats-On/All-Shows/The- Yamoto-Drummers-of-Japan

16 & 17 September – Sydney, NSW
ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE WALSH BAY, 7.30 (16 Sept), 5.00 (17 Sept) Tickets: https://www.roslynpackertheatre.com.au/whats- on/productions/2017/yamato-the-drummers-of-japan

19 September – Sutherland, NSW
ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, 8pm
Tickets: http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Community/Entertainment- Centre/What39s-On/Yamato-The-Drummers-of-Japan-Chousensha-The- Challengers

21 September – Bathurst, NSW
MEMORIAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: https://www.bmec.com.au/yamato-the-drummers-of-japan.html

23 September – Torrensville, SA
THEBARTHON THEATRE, 8pm
Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/event/130052B6DF566165

27 September – Kalgoorlie, WA
GOLDFIELDS ARTS CENTRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: http://goldfieldsartscentre.com.au/Events/iTedE-(1)

29 September – Esperance, WA
CIVIC CENTRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: https://www.esperance.wa.gov.au/events/yamato-drummers-japan

2 October – Bunbury, WA
REGIONAL ENTERTIAINMENT CENTRE BREC, 7.30pm
Tickets: https://www.bunburyentertainment.com/whats-on/yamato-drummers/

3 October – Mandurah, WA
PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: http://www.manpac.com.au/show/yamato-drummers-japan/

5 October – Perth, WA
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: http://ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/his-majestys-theatre/whats-on/yamato/

6 October – Geraldton, WA
QUEENS PARK THEATRE, 7.30pm
Tickets: https://qpt.cgg.wa.gov.au/events-calendar/4790/yamato-the- drummers-of-japan

For media information please contact Amanda Buckworth, AB Publicity E: amanda@abpublicity.com.au T: 0413 949 140

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