A fusion of high-energy drumming, music, and theater, YAMATO takes the best elements of traditional Taiko and presents them with the humor and vigor of STOMP. Founded in Nara, “the land of Yamato” which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture, YAMATO travels around the world with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting the musicians’ very souls into the unusual instruments, stirring the hearts of people everywhere. Performances are infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the heartbeat, is the very pulse of life. Since its formation almost a decade ago, YAMATO has played to more than a million people, giving over 1,000 performances in a dozen different countries.
Performance Date: November 1, 2011
Forty years after four legendary musicians from across the pond crafted a classic album named for the studio they made famous (Abbey Road), another group of supremely talented musicians from Washington D.C. reimagined that same album in their own unique way. For Dub-Reggae rockers, Yellow Dubmarine, the choice to take on the Beatles masterpiece was a natural one. The resulting sound is a sonic landscape that blends traditional African drumming, simple Rock-steady cadence, horn-laced Ska groove full of Caribbean and Calypso overtones, and bass-heavy Dub “riddim” that sways and bounces and gets everyone up and moving. Essentially Abbey DUB, is an aural journey through the history of Reggae with The Beatles as your guide. From “Come Together” through “Her Majesty,” Yellow Dubmarine finds rejuvenated life in the music of the Beatles, keeping the heart of each tune present, while simultaneously re-creating them in an entirely new light.
Performance Date: November 17, 2012
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music, or exploring cultures outside the Western classical tradition, he strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. Mr. Ma was joined by Colin Jacobsen, Jonathan Gandelsman, and Nicholas Cords for an evening of string quartets from Austria to the Caspian Sea.
Performance Date: March 2, 2008
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, his recital and chamber music activities, and his work with the Silk Road Project, for which he serves as Artistic Director. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, each fueled by the artists’ interactions. Mr. Ma is also widely recognized for his strong commitment to educational programs that bring the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on “Arthur,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.”
Performance Date: May 12, 1999