A World Never Seen Before! A Music Never Heard Before! Awaken All Your Senses!
Yamato’s Creativity and Innovation Conquer Theatres around the World
A group of dozens of players start their performance by hitting a Japanese taiko drum made from a large 400 year-old tree. They move their whole bodies to strike the drum with everything in their souls, creating a powerful surge of energy. Their live performances are so full of intensity that they make people’s bodies jump and their hearts race faster. Audiences are overwhelmed by the beat of the music, as their bodies are uplifted in sync with the powerful sounds. This group, from beautiful Nara Prefecture in Japan, is able to exhibit great originality and innovation through this traditional Japanese musical instrument, the wadaiko (Japanese drum). This is the epitome of the Japanese spirit, a roaring sound that will make you experience new exciting adventures.
Yamato was formed in 1993, debuting at a Shinto shrine festival in the group’s hometown with their original song “Hyu-ga (The sunrise).” Since then, 24 years have passed. So far they have been invited to 54 countries around the world, playing in more than 3,500 performances, and attracting 6 million viewers. Their performances, featuring various stage formations, have received raving reviews; their fame keeps spreading more and more, and the British media has even called their sound “The music of the body.” Yamato is based in a village called Asuka, known as the birthplace of Japanese culture, appearing in international performances from 6 to 10 months a year with an explosion of Yamato (ancient Japanese) spirit. They are proud to be the group with the largest number of international performances among all Japanese performing art groups.
We want to be Creative
This is the motto of Yamato. This is why, aside from the musical instruments, the members of the group live together in a community to create everything by themselves. This includes the musical compositions, theatre productions, theatre settings, lighting design, choreography, performance techniques, costumes, makeup, stage settings and props… even the bachi (sticks) used in the performances are all their own original work. This is at the core of Yamato’s performances around the world. Yamato uses this creativity to convert wadaiko into a performing art that can reverberate in Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. Wadaiko has inspired many people since ancient times. Yamato holds their respect for this tradition in their hearts as they continue to create and innovate within their art.
Pure energy meets spiritual high! ***** The Scotsman
History of Yamato
YAMATO the Drummers of Japan 1993 Formed in Asuka, Nara Prefecture, with 4 members (currently there are 20 members). 1994 Performed in China to 20,000 people. The group went on tour to South America via Indonesia, Korea, and Singapore. 1998 Participated in the world’s largest art festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 23 performances were sold out in a month. The group received the Spirit of the Fringe Award. They then decided to start their Round the World Tour. Up until 2016, they have visited 54 countries, played in over 3,500 performances, and attracted over 6 million viewers. From their base in Asuka, they organize 150 to 200 performances a year for their world tours. The members of the group live together as a community to foment a sense of unity, creating by themselves all the musical compositions, choreography, performance techniques, costume designs, stage settings, etc. In 2013 they launched their official Japan Tour to celebrate their 20th anniversary. From 2013 to 2014, they went on tour around the country all 47 prefectures of Japan. In 2017, YAMATO is trying to reborn for the next future.
1993: SPIRIT TOUR YAMATO was founded1994: SPIRIT TOUR China Tour (4 shows), Shows in Japan 1995: SPIRIT TOUR Shows in Japan 1996: SPIRIT TOUR Shows in South Korea, Indonesia and Japan 1997: SPIRIT TOUR Brazil Tour (12 shows), Shows in Japan 1998: SPIRIT TOUR Brazil Tour (12 shows), UK Tour (23 shows), Shows in Sweden, Israel and Japan 1999: SPIRIT TOUR Europe and Israel Tour (5 countries, 75 shows), Brazil Tour (15 shows). Shows in Japan 2000: SPIRIT TOUR UK Tour (27 shows), Indonesia Tour (2 shows), Shows in Japan 2001: SPIRIT TOUR Singapore Tour (4 shows), Europe Tour (4 countries, 75 shows), USA Tour (19 shows), Shows in Japan 2002: SPIRIT TOUR South Asia Tour (3 countries, 10 shows), Europe Tour (3 countries, 18 shows), Shows in Japan 2003: WORLD TOUR「魂」”Tamashy” Europe Tour (9 countries, 171 shows), USA & Canada Tour (37 shows), Shows in Japan 2004: WORLD TOUR「魂」”Tamashy” Europe Tour (13 countries, 100 shows), Mexico Tour (11 shows), Hong Kong & Macau Tour (5 shows), Shows in Japan 2005: WORLD TOUR 「神鳴」”Kami-Nari” –Thunder Europe Tour (10 countries, 136 shows), Show in South Korea, USA & Canada Tour (35 shows), Shows in Japan 2006: WORLD TOUR「神鳴」”Kami-Nari” –Thunder Philippines Tour (4 shows), Europe Tour (12 countries, 149 shows), Mexico Tour (13 shows), Shows in Japan 2007: WORLD TOUR「心音」”SHIN-ON” –The Heartbeat Europe Tour (19 countries, 146 shows), Show in South Korea, Mexico-USA & Canada Tour (58 shows), Shows in Japan 2008: WORLD TOUR「心音」”SHIN-ON” –The Heartbeat Europe Tour (13 countries, 147 shows), Shows in Japan 2009: WORLD TOUR「祭」”Matsuri” –Fiesta! Europe Tour (8 countries, 94 shows), USA & Canada Tour (41 shows), Shows in Japan 2010: WORLD TOUR「祭」”Matsuri” –Fiesta! Mexico Tour (33 shows), Australia Tour (3 shows), Europe Tour (14 countries, 60 shows), Southeast Asia Tour (2 countries, 5 shows), Shows in Japan 2011: WORLD TOUR「我武者羅」”Gamushara” –The Beat of Courage Europe Tour (7 countries, 103 shows), USA & Canada Tour (37 shows), Shows in Japan 2012: WORLD TOUR「我武者羅」”Gamushara” –The Beat of Courage Europe Tour (11 countries, 61 shows), Israel Tour (3 countries), Japan Tour (10 shows), Shows in Japan 2013: WORLD TOUR「路上」”Rojyoh” –The beat on the Road Taiwan Tour (8 shows), 20th Anniversary shows in Nara (5 shows), Malaysia Tour (4 shows), Europe Tour (8 countries, 76 shows), 20th Anniversary Japan Tour (21 Prefectures, 26 shows), Mexico and USA Tour (31 shows), Germany Tour (9 shows), Shows in Japan 2014: WORLD TOUR「路上」”Rojyoh” –The beat on the Road Europe Tour (9 countries, 74 sohws), Corporate show in Kazakhstan, Brazil Tour (4 shows), 20th Anniversary Japan tour (47 Prefectures, 53 shows), Shows in Japan 2015: WORLD TOUR「爆音綺譚」”Rojyoh” –The Legend of the Heartbeat Show in Kazakhstan, Europe tour (5 countries, 87 shows), Special performance in Russia, China tour (5 shows), Shows in Japan 2016: WORLD TOUR 「爆音綺譚」 ”Bakuon” –Legend of the Heartbeat USA Canada Tour (40 shows), Japan Tour (11 prefectures, 11shows), China Tour (2 shows), Europe Tour (5 countries, 20shows), Israel Tour (3shows), Shows in Japan 2016: WORLD TOUR 「回帰点」 ”Kaiki-ten” –Turning point Germany Tour (11shows)