Yamato: the drummers of Japan to bring heart-pounding rhythms to Goshen College

Concert: Yamato: The drummers of Japan
Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018,  7:30 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall
Tickets: $45, $40, $30 | Buy tickets online

With rhythmic beats that envelop the entire audience, Japanese drumming troupe Yamato will thrill audience members during a Performing Arts Series concert on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.

Founded in 1993 in Nara, Japan, ‘the land of Yamato” is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. These highly-trained performers travel the world over with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums - made of animal skin and ancient trees, some of which are more than 400 years old -recreating the pulse, or “Shin-On,” which is carried down from antiquity and resonates within all bodies.

The Yamato drummers are exuberant performers, presenting drumming as physical theatre, with a mix of athleticism and showbiz, leaping from drum to drum while flourishing their drumsticks. The group’s phenomenal skill applies a ferocity somewhere between the seriousness of samurai and the crazed exhibitionism of heavy-metal rock drummers.

Tickets are $45, $40 or $30 and can be purchased through the Goshen College Box Office (574-535-7566, boxoffice@goshen.edu) or online at www.goshen.edu/tickets.

Future concerts in the performance art series include:

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m. - The Chieftains
  • Sunday, April 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m. - The Wailin’ Jennys
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018, 4 p.m. - TBD