Festival audiences love these drums. They prompt standing ovations and thunderous applause. Don’t quite understand it myself. Drums are drums are drums. They make loud noises within a limited range of noises. No great composer has yet enraptured music lovers with an orchestral opus for drums with, er, other drums. But these drums, these Japanese drums played by non-Japanese drummers do, I have to admit, enrapture a lot of festival goers.
The non-Japanese drummers dress in Japanese style clothing. They approach their Japanese drums in a series of ninja style, kick-ass poses, And hit them. Sticks return to Ninja pose. And they hit them again. They play their drums in the dark and I have to report that Drums played in the dark sound just like drums played in the lights. However to add to the ninja kick ass experience they use, in the dark, luminescent drumsticks so that, even though its dark, and even though you can’t see them, you just know that they are adopting ninja style kick- ass poses
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are at George Square Theatre until 26 August at 12:30
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