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Yamato Drummers Make San Antonio Stop This Weekend

Masa Ogawa

There’s an act coming to San Antonio that can’t be beat -- The Yamato Drummers. Arts San Antonio is bringing them to the Lila Cockrell this Sunday. The  group use ancient Taiko drums, but in very untraditional ways. Gen Hidaka talks about how their performance varies from tradition.

"It’s really original, it’s really modern and it’s really dynamic music," Hidaka said. "And people also consider that it’s really entertaining. We also sometimes sing. It’s not only about music it could be like martial arts. It’s like boxing."

You’ll notice the Yamato drummers are in great shape, and that doesn’t happen by accident.

“We go running every morning and we run about ten kilometers or something," Hidaka said. "And that is the only time when we can do sightseeing when we’re on tour. In the morning after that we also do some weight training."

The Yamato Drummers appear at the Lila Cockrell Sunday night at 7:30.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii