TICKETS TO DRUMMING SENSATION TO BE WON
HAD Gen Hidaka received a different present for his birthday in 2006, his life would be wildly different.
Studying business management at college in Canada, Hidaka accompanied his friend to Switzerland to visit family during summer vacation.
During this visit he was gifted a ticket to the Yamato show, which would soon change his destiny.
“At that time I had no idea about taiko drumming or no idea about Yamato itself, so to be honest I was not that interested,” Hidaka laughed.
“But of course I went there and I saw the show and was so impressed by what I saw – I was just blown away.
“Right after that I felt like I wanted to join Yamato, so this was the beginning.”
Despite having no experience in drumming or music in general, he followed through with his new dream.
“My mum was surprised when I told her I wanted to join Yamato, she was like ‘what are you thinking? You are studying business management and all of a sudden you want to perform on stage?’ and she didn’t understand,” he laughed.
“Now after she saw the performance and me performing on stage she now understands what I do and is happy about it.”
After performing to six million people across 54 countries since 1993, Yamato: Drummers of Japan will make its debut in Australia, visiting the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on October 2.
Yamato is described as the “epitome of the Japanese spirit” as it brings new life to the traditional Japanese taiko and wadaiko drums by paying respect to its rich history while exploring contemporary drumming styles.
Beginning with the boom of a taiko drum made from a big 400-year-old tree, performers move their entire bodies to strike the drum in a display of remarkable physical strength and infectious energy.
“We have done many tours in many countries, however it is the first time we will do the tour in Australia and of course the first time we are coming to Bunbury so we are really looking forward to it,” he said.
“This time we come with the program called ‘challengers’.
“We have no idea what we can expect so it’s going to be our challenge and we want to try to create a big explosion of energy on stage so that people can feel the energy from the drumming and also from the show itself.”
Hidaka said the show was full of “energy and expression” and is something which must be experienced first-hand.
“Some people might think taiko drumming is music, but it is more like a sport or martial art – so we sweat a lot,” he laughed.
“We consider that the taiko sound, you can never experience it from a video or CD, if you come to see our show you feel the vibration through your stomach and through your body itself.”
Some people might think taiko drumming is music, but it is more like a sport or martial art – so we sweat a lot.
– Gen Hidaka
Gen Hidaka and his group Yamato: Drummers of Japan will have audience’s hearts racing with their high-octane show as they travel to Australia for the first time.