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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Yamato The Drummers of Japan Comes to Markham Theatre in GTA


World Tour 2011-2012 "Gamushara" ~ The Beat of Courage.


Prime Tickets $54.00/Regular Tickets $49.00 /Students/Seniors $39.00
For Tickets call 905-305-SHOW (7469) or Toll Free 1-866-768-8801
Box Office Hours: Mon – Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The YAMATO DRUMMERS OF JAPAN bring their heart-pounding spectacle of athleticism, grace, precision and exhilarating musical expertise to the Markham Theatre for their World Tour 2011-2012 "Gamushara" ~ The Beat of Courage. Founded in 1993 in Nara—considered the birthplace of Japanese culture—the master drummers of Yamato are young, modern, and brimming with infectious energy as they take the ancient art of taiko drumming and bring it to the present. Selling out all over the planet, Yamato is, according to the London Telegraph, “Simply breathtaking. YAMATO ~ “Gamushara” – The Beat of Courage takes place on November 25th and 26th at 8:00pm; with a matinee performance at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 26th.

Yamato’s 10-member troupe of men and women draw their inspiration from the warmth, tenderness and power of the heartbeat. Performing on Japan’s traditional taiko drums, the members of Yamato “put our very souls into these unusual instruments and our performances are infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the heartbeat, is the very pulse of life.” Performing on several dozen drums of various sizes,Yamato creates a wide range of sounds, rhythms and moods, from the delicate tapping of falling rain to explosions of rhythmic thunder. The members perform in authentic costumes and combine powerful and dramatic drumming with dance, flutes, theatrics and humour. Their exhilarating performances, as fascinating for the eye as for the ear, are described as “a dazzling display of dexterity, precision and physical endurance

Yamato’s world travels began in 1998 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they made their international debut and won the festival’s Spirit of Fringe award. They have since given over 2,300 performances in 41 countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. To learn more about Yamato, visit

Taiko is a traditional Japanese art form that refers to both the drums and the physically demanding artistic discipline of ensemble drumming. Taiko is believed to have originated in ancient Japan thousands of years ago as a form of communication within villages to signal various activities and events, such as the beginning of a hunt or a storm approaching. As it is performed today, taiko is a relatively new phenomenon. The modern incarnation of the taiko drumming group was formed in Japan in the 1950s and has since become enormously popular. It is estimated that over 10,000 taiko groups have sprung up across Japan and North America in the last 50 years.

About the Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Markham Theatre is an intimate 530 seat, state-of-the-art performance facility that caters to audiences of all ages with an appetite for a wide variety of entertainment. One of the most well-rounded and exciting seasons ever programmed at the Markham Theatre, the 2011-2012 Season includes more than 60 performances in 10 diverse series, featuring both rising stars and the greatest established artists from the genres of classical music, jazz, world stage, theater, comedy and dance. This season Markham Theatre proudly welcomes acclaimed artists Julliard String Quartet and NY’s “subway idol” Alice Tan Ridley who will make their GTA Premieres, and popular favourites Rhythm of the Dance who offer an encore performance.

Easily accessible, the Markham Theatre is located only 30 minutes from the downtown core and offers world-class entertainment at your doorstep. Flexible package options, student discounts and complimentary parking are available. Markham Theatre offers value priced tickets for students. The EYE GO to the Arts program aimed at High School students offers $5.00 tickets, while college and university students can purchase UGO tickets for $20.00. Student discounts are available upon the presentation of a valid student ID card.

The public are also invited to join the theatre’s annual Circle of Stars membership program and support Markham Theatre Discovery. The “Circle of Stars” annual campaign supports education and community outreach programs. Markham Theatre is strongly committed to building a strong creative community through Live Arts. The “Discovery” initiatives include: School matinees, Master Classes, Lectures, Artists Residencies, Youth Camps and Actors’ Workshops, Family Programs and Community Festivals and Special Events. For more details on how to become a member of Markham Theatre’s Circle of Stars contact the Theatre Box Office at 905-305-7469.

The Markham Theatre 27th Annual Season is proudly presented by Flato Developments Inc. Season Media Sponsor: Markham Economist & Sun.


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