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Yamato Returns!!!!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009

(Kerrville, TX) – The Kerrville Performing Arts Society (KPAS) will open their 26th season with the world-famous Yamato Drummers from Japan with two full-blown productions Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd. After two sold out performances by this phenomenal group in 2007, KPAS has received numerous requests for these artists to return to the KPAS series, and are thrilled to be opening their season with a show that is so electrifying, stimulating, invigorating, and an all around exhilarating combination of music, lighting, sound…a total live event package!

The United States, Canada and Mexico will culminate a 10-month world tour with over 200 performances. Kerrville’s Cailloux Theater will be one of the most intimate performances of this tour as the vast majority of performances for their 2009 tour have been to sold-out audiences in venues seating in excess of 3,000 people.

The 2009 Tour is “MATSURI”, translating to “Fiesta”, is a tribute to The Drums at the Centre of the Gathering. Kerrville will mark the only stop in Texas as this incredible musical organization makes its way from the west coast to the east coast. KPAS has already been experiencing a high volume of ticket sales from Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.

Yamato, founded by Masa Ogawa in 1993, brings a new and youthful vigor to traditional taiko drumming. It is a never-to-be-forgotten experience, inspiring and intensely physical, with a beat resonating from the delicate tapping of falling rain to explosions of rhythmic exhilaration.

The performance will feature 10 drummers on stage, performing selections with such variety as Ran-Ran (The Storm) to Hanabi (Fireworks). The theatrical and lighting components of the show add to the intensity and virtuosity of each individual drummer as well as the entire ensemble.

Yamato will be both a cultural and artistic experience for those attending either of the two performances. The introduction of the actual instruments will provide a history of Japan’s musical instruments dating back to the 15th century. The Shinobue, a Japanese flute, along with the Shamisen, a stringed instrument, will blend with the drums throughout the two performances.

The two performances, along with a student outreach program for over 800 students on Thursday, October 22nd, are made possible through the generosity and support of Sue & Joe Atkinson, Kerr County Abstract & Title Company and Kerrville Framing. This presentation is supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts, with additional funding received from The City of Kerrville Hotel Occupancy Tax, administered through The Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tickets are available for both the 7:30 pm performances on Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd. Tickets can be purchased at the Cailloux Theater Box Office (830-896-9393) and range from $25-$35-$45. For further information, visit the KPAS website at www.kpas.org or the Yamato website at www.yamato.jp.

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