Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers in Reading

Yesterday I went to Taiko concert in Reading.The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers consist mostly of Scottish players and although they really knew how to play the drum and their choreography was flawless it just wasnt the same as a real Japanese Taiko Drumming Band. They turned the concert in a kind of théâtre nouveau with mummed groupies gesticulating in a wild manner and playing brass cymbels and chime bells until they crossed the pain barrier. Well, it just wasn't the real thing.

But the most frightening experience was the audience with children runnning around and shouting, babies crying, and a couple of mentally disabled people grunting and screaming during the performance. Before I go to a Taiko concert again, please remind me of NOT going to Reading's Hexagon and to absolutely avoid non-Japanese people playing Taiko.

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