Drum Tao 2020

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LIVE STREAM: Saturday, Mar. 14, 7:30p

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In concert with the College of DuPage leadership, the MAC holds the health and safety of its students, community and patrons as a first priority. The College of DuPage has announced that “Effective immediately, all events (internal, hosted and rental at the main campus, COD regional centers, and the MAC) for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester are cancelled.”  

In recognition of the public need for entertainment, especially at this time, the MAC and Columbia Artists have collaborated on an innovative way to offer theater audiences the opportunity to view a free Facebook Live broadcast performance of DRUM TAO 2020 direct from the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Viewers wishing to express their gratitude for the chance to catch this amazing ensemble via Facebook Live at facebook.com/AtTheMAC are encouraged to make a donation to the MAC. More than 8 million spectators across the world have experienced TAO’s critically acclaimed, high-energy performances. Combining highly physical, large-scale Japanese drumming with contemporary costumes, and innovative choreography.

The MAC Box Office will be contacting all paid ticket holders via email with directions how to exchange their tickets or receive a credit. Ticket holders are asked to be please be patient as they work through this process which will provide details on how to process their credit or refund.


More than 8 million spectators across the world have experienced TAO’s modern, high-energy performances. Combining highly physical, large-scale Japanese drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers create an unforgettable production.

Run Time: 2 hours

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Illinois Arts Council and the Crane Group.


MAC Bites  Learn About Taiko Drumming 

Taiko Drumming is the heartbeat of Japan and has a long deep history. Here are 10 things you might not know about it

10. History of Taiko is interwoven in the fabric of Japanese history. Regarded as sacred since ancient times, the drum was first used to drive away evil spirits and pests to protect the crops. It was believed that by imitating the sound of thunder, the spirit of rain would be forced into action – taken from Sftaiko.com

9. Taiko is more than just music – it is a lifestyle. Drumming demands intense physical exercise regiments to complement their music and dance training.

8. All that drumming in turn makes for good health reducing blood pressure, improving cognitive function and much more. Drumming can be used to achieve mindfulness as a form of meditation.

7. “Taiko” is a Japanese word that means “Fat Drum” and has multiple uses…it can mean drumming style…in can be a type of music…and there is a Taiko drum which comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

6. There are more than 8,000 Taiko groups in Japan. This phenomenal growth in modern Taiko drumming has taken place in the last 50 years. Modern Taiko is performed as an ensemble and much credit for the boom goes to Daihachi Oguchi, a jazz drummer who happened upon an old piece of taiko music.

5. First uses of Taiko was as a battlefield instrument to issue commands, coordinate movements and intimidate/scare the enemy.

4. In drumming, performers aim to create a connection between the drum and themselves focusing on four principals:

Sound – improving technique and musical ability

Body – Play with Ki rather than muscle so that grace, power and expression are maximized

Mind – learning and knowing the history and culture of the art form to embrace the spirit of the art

Spirit – finding a connection of respect and passion to enhance your enthusiasm

3. Traditionally made drums are carved from a single log or tree trunk. The process can take up to five years to complete.The smallest drum costs approx. $1,000. A mid-sized drum costs thousands. A big drum costsmore than the average car.

2. Taiko is played with beaters called bachi, made of white oak or Japanese magnolia. They are heavier than conventional Western drumsticks. The bachi can represent a spiritual link between the body and the sky.

1. The most beautiful part of a Taiko drum is hidden inside.Each drum has intricate patterns hand-carved and concealed within. White oak can make a sound which is sharp, and with the right kind of carving it can negate the high-pitch ringing. Taken from https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-most-intricate-craftsmanship-in-taiko-drums-goes-unseen

~ Janey Sarther, MAC Education and Community Engagement Coordinator

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