WOUB Music Blog

Japanese Drumming Pros Coming To Mem Aud Friday

Updated Wed, Mar 19, 2014 2:55 pm

Ohio University will welcome TAO: Phoenix Rising to the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The group melds modern entertainment with the traditional art of Japanese drumming. Athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography "in a spectacular expression of the power of rhythm," according to a press release.

TAO: Phoenix Rising features a number of musicians who play with acrobat-like grace, demonstrating extreme precision, energy, and stamina.

The members live and train at a compound in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity only after years of intensive study. Many of the performers in TAO bring a nontraditional flair to the group by drawing on their diverse backgrounds: one as a gymnast, another a composer, and yet another as a hard rock musician.

TAO: Phoenix Rising has been seen more than 5 million people in 17 countries and 400 cities. The Chicago Tribune has described the performers of TAO as, "Extraordinarily talented [with] incomparable muscular zeal," while The Edinburgh Evening News described the group's performance as "Undoubtedly one of the finest shows."

Tickets for TAO: Phoenix Rising are available at the Memorial Auditorium ticket office, by calling 593-1780 or visiting www.ohio.edu/performingarts.