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Yamato brings explosive beats of Japanese drum

"Yamato: The drummers of Japan", made up of a group of chic Wadaiko drummers, will take up residence in Hong Kong at 7.30pm on Friday (November 12) at the Shatin Town Hall Auditorium and Sunday (November 14) at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, to bring audiences explosive beats and pulsating performances.

In the performance "Tamashy - Voices of the Heart" which consists of seven programmes, 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 the soul and stirs many emotions of the heart.

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 abroad. They have performed 115 shows in 16 European countries between March and September this year. Their performances in Hong Kong are not to be missed.

"Tamashy - Voices of the Heart" is one of the programmes of the "New Vision Arts Festival" organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $120, $180 and $260 (for performances at Shatin 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.

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.

Ends/Monday, November 8, 2004
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