The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers.
The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers.
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On Sunday night at half seven, don’t be surprised if you hear some unsual noises emanating from the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

The venue will host the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, the UK’s longest established taiko ensemble, who will be performing their full-length theatrical concert.

Mugenkyo, meaning ‘limitless reverberation’ in Japanese, was established in 1994 by Neil Mackie and Miyuki Williams, following two years of training in Japan where they learned to play the taiko drums.

From small beginnings, Mugenkyo have become the premier taiko organisation in the UK with over 1,000 performances across Europe and Japan and appearances at the Brit Awards and BBC Last Night of the Proms.

Mugenkyo present taiko as a modern and theatrical performing art, with precise choreography, dramatic lighting, and a variety of costumes ranging from the post-apocalyptic industrial to gorgeous earthy silks.

The concert comprises of powerful rhythms on an array of instruments from small hand-held drums to the thunderous reverberations of the huge Odaiko big drum, delicate bamboo flute, soulful voice, layers of percussive soundscapes, and innovative dance tightly integrated with the taiko drums.

Tickets: £20.50, visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk.