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Review: Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

By at August 22, 2013 | 11:52 am | 0 Comment

Taiko Drummers

For those of you unfamiliar with ‘Taiko drumming’, essentially it is the practice of using traditional Japanese drums (such as those which would be used to accompany the Samurai as they marched into battle) in an ensemble performance, with different routines having different specific meanings and origins. I have to say, as a percussionist with a lifelong

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Ninjas Storm the Edinburgh Fringe

By at August 19, 2013 | 4:09 pm | 1 Comments

Ninjas storm the Edinburgh Fringe, promoting the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers' show

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummer Ninjas at the Edinburgh Fringe have caused a stir both onstage during the show itself - in a dramatically lit, tightly choreographed spectacle - & also through their on-street publicity stunts. Audiences have been building steadily through the run thanks to phenomenal crowd reactions & the growing buzz on the street that something special

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Review: Songs For A New World

By at August 19, 2013 | 10:34 am | 0 Comment

If you were to say the name Jason Robert Brown to the average theatre goer or Joe Public on the street, ‘Who?’, would be by far the most common response. Indeed, even among “industry people”, the New York based singer/composer greatly divides opinon. Brave then is the decision of Edinburgh company Green Room to tackle Brown’s distinctly American song

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Review: Drum Struck By Drum Café

By at August 18, 2013 | 11:55 am | 1 Comments

Drumstruck at the Edinburgh Fringe

Being a percussionist who owns his own ‘djembe’, to say I was excited about seeing a show which features traditional African drums, including one for EVERY member of the audience, would be the very definition of understatement. Slotting in somewhere between Stomp! and The Lion King, Drum Struck delivers on practically every level. In the beginning, we meet the Drum

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Review: Hansel & Gretel – The Opera

By at August 14, 2013 | 11:26 am | 0 Comment

Translator/Director, Christopher Moon-Little, brings his modern take on Engelbert Humperdink’s 1891 opera to the Edinburgh fringe for weeks two and three. It features dual cast, largely composed of current or recent music school students – a fact which goes some way toward explaining the slightly uneven level of the performances. The first half of the

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BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: Edinburgh Exclusives

By at August 6, 2013 | 12:16 am | 0 Comment

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals

New tickets are available for the free late-night BBC Presents shows with some of the best talent from across the Edinburgh Festivals. On Wednesday 7th August Jodie Prenger, star of BBC One's I'd Do Anything, introduces an evening of fabulous musical theatre from across the Fringe. On Thursday 8th August Cerrie Burnell from CBeebies will be presenting

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Scotland’s Own Taiko Group at the Edinburgh Fringe

By at July 31, 2013 | 11:30 pm | 0 Comment

Taiko Drummers

Scotland’s own taiko group, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers to perform at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Assembly George Square, 1st to 26th August 2013. It is a little known fact that the leading European taiko drumming group is based right here in Central Scotland. Tucked away in the South Lanarkshire countryside, Mugenkyo have created a haven of creativity, pushing the

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