With the timeless traditional art of Japanese Taiko drumming at its core, TAO is adored in its home country as well as around the world where over 6 million people in 21 countries have witnessed its explosive drumming, innovative choreography, and performers’ extraordinary precision, energy and stamina.
While the Japanese Taiko drum is a simple traditional instrument, it has immense sound pressure and is an instrument that contains infinite possibilities. Enchanted by this instrument, TAO has worked to free the Taiko from its confines of being the "successor of Japan's traditional culture" and develop a totally new genre of entertainment.
TAO set up a living and training base at a 120,000 square foot site surrounded by nature in a national park at Kyushu's Kuju Plateau, which is considered one of Japan's most picturesque areas. At the site, they receive inspiration from the rich natural environment that surrounds them, grapple with the meaning of real music, undertake the strenuous training of athletes, and continue to produce unique pieces of music that have continually overturned the Japanese image of traditional Taiko. TAO receives enormous support in Japan and has become renowned as a "Japanese Taiko group with a difference."
Since 2004, TAO has taken the powerful performances they developed in Japan to the world renowned Edinburgh Arts Festival. From among the 1,800 artists that gathered from all over the world, TAO achieved the record of No. 1 daily ticket sales and received a 5-star rating from the Edinburgh Festival press.
$25-$45; Premium $49
Children age 12 and under $20
2 hours, 10 minutes; including a 20 minute intermission