YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan: Tenmei

Thu February 17, 2022 - 7:30 PM
YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan: Tenmei

Arts Commons Presents
BD&P World Stage
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thursday, Feb 17, 2022 at 7:30 PM

YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan: Tenmei

The pulse of the drums, carried down from antiquity, is an incredible feeling. - YAMATO 

Energizing and relentlessly powerful, YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan combine the precision of traditional Wadaiko drumming with world-class theatrical showmanship. Experience the kinetic athleticism of these masterful performers in a production that showcases the vivid colour, storytelling, and energy signature of YAMATO. 

YAMATO was founded by Masa Ogawa in 1993 in Nara, “the land of Yamato” which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. Presently based in Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture, YAMATO travels all over the word with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, spreading the pulse of this traditional Japanese art form – with modern technological advancements – into the hearts of audiences worldwide.

This February, they come to Calgary with their new show Tenmei, Japanese for Destiny. Join Arts Commons Presents and the BD&P World Stage series, live and in-person, for this pulse-pounding percussive performance.  

 “The Yamato show is a genuinely theatrical experience, delivered with balletic grace and infectious humour.” - Times Online (UK)   

“It was simply captivating. The incredible talent and sheer enjoyment of what they do was plain to see.” - The Evening Post (UK)   

“A brilliant show of sound and stage.” - La Gaceta (Spain   

“Imagine two thousand years of samurais, Shinto meditation and sake being built up and released through nine feisty young drummers and their kits.” - Kpas (UK)  


Part of the BD&P World Stage series presented by Arts Commons Presents. 


The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

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Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.

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