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October
Let your heart race with Yamato's explosive drumbeats
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Like heartbeats, drumbeats are the very pulse of life. Be ready to enjoy the ride around the rhythmic soundscape of Japanese drum!

"Yamato: The drummers of Japan", made up of a group of chic Wadaiko drummers, will take up residence in Hong Kong in mid November, bringing audiences explosive beats and pulsating performances.

Yamato was founded in 1993 in Nara, the reputed birthplace of Japanese culture. Bursting with youthful vigor, the energetic drummers put their very souls into the traditional Wadaiko drums, displaying the instruments' versatility and stirring the hearts of people everywhere.

Since its formation, Yamato has captivated more than a million people, giving more than 1,000 performances in Japan and aboard. They have performed a staggering 115 shows in 16 European countries between March and September this year.

In the performance "Tamashy - Voices of the Heart", Yamato celebrates the beauty of life with a great sense of rhythm and superb choreography, taking audiences back to the very beginning of life. Using a variety of traditional Japanese percussion and string instruments, Yamato's music touches the very core of your soul and stirs the many emotions of your heart.

"Tamashy - Voices of the Heart" consists of seven programmes:

YAKARA:
In the Kansai prefecture, "Yakara" means "vigorous and robust young people". This piece expresses the dynamism of young people and their foolish audacity.

REKKA:
Two men compete with each other, each beating different kinds of Wadaiko drums with great skill in an attempt to display his superior technique. Despite there being only two drummers, a powerful tension and energy is created on stage.

HAYATE:
Performed with "Tsugaru-shamisen" which is a traditional Japanese instrument appreciated for its particular ability to express all kinds of wind qualities from harsh winter winds to a certain gentleness and warmth.

RAKUDA:
The drummers conjure amusing animals that are associated with the sound of "Rakuda" in this comic piece.

TAMASHY:
Set against the harder rhythms of three O-daiko drums and a shifting human voice, the performers beat the drums with such speed that it breaks down the conventions of traditional O-daiko performance.

KIZASHY:
Performed with only five Shime-daikos, this piece requires the drummers' tremendous concentration because their technical precision and synchronised breathing ultimately determine the musical harmony.

AOZORA:
This Wadaiko piece is comprised of three movements. The O-daiko conveys the rumbling Earth, while the Koto expresses gentle thoughts.

"Tamashy - Voices of the Heart" is one of the programmes of the "New Vision Arts Festival" organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It will be staged at 7:30pm on November 12 at the Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium and November 14 at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.

Tickets priced at $120, $180 and $260 (for performances at Sha Tin Town Hall) and $120, $200 and $280 (for performances at Hong Kong City Hall) are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Group booking discounts are up to 20% off.

Programme brochures are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website, http://www.newvisionfestival.gov.hk

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044. Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at http://www.urbtix.hk

Ends/Tuesday, October 12, 2004
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