DRUM TAO is a different kind of musical drum concert where the performers are trained in martial arts and prefer to practice outdoors in the forest to prepare for this awesome sensory experience.
It's like watching synchronized drumming–very animated and snappy with a bit of ouido (playing musical instruments by ear, in synchronization with the beat of the group).
The entire show is composed of musical drum stunt performances with passionate drum beating, chanting and shouting (there are no lyrics, just instrumental Japanese music). In between sets, there are comical skits showcasing Japanese humor.
Check out this sample clip of the DRUM TAO show:
If you close your eyes, you'll think you're listening to the musical score of a Japanese Martial Arts movie.
They use 50 different drums in this show; I particularly like the gracefulness of the lady drummers and lady flutist.
I must admit, though, that this is not for people looking for dialogues or a storyline from one set to the next. Some can literally fall asleep with the zen-like, soothing feel of some performances.
It's a production that's hard to describe–you have to be immersed in the unique sensory overload of this two-hour Japanese cultural show to fully appreciate it.
Great job, Drum Tao! You guys definitely deserved the standing ovation on opening night!
Witness world-renowned Japanese martial arts and drum-playing extraordinares for the first time in Manila! Catch Drum Tao in their two-hour extravaganza at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on July 12-22, 2012.
Featuring ancient traditions of the Taiko drumming and martial arts mastery, Drum Tao's flawless choreography and enthralling performances have mesmerized the international audience since 1993. Discover the Japanese sensation and join in the fever as Drum Tao captivates the stage of Manila.
Get your tickets now! (Don't forget about the password to get 20% discount!)
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Tickets are also available at all TicketWorld outlets.
Call the Resorts World Manila Box Office at 908-8000 local 7219 or
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TIP: You must wait for the encore performance. The bows of the performers were also awesome to watch!
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Full Disclosure: We watched Drum Tao courtesy of our friends from Travelife.
P.S. This is definitely a lot better than the Cirque Mother Africa Show.
P.P.S. Thanks to Travelife for bringing Drum Tao to Manila!