This year in 2019, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers celebrate their 25th anniversary year, which is also the 25th anniversary of the art-form of Taiko in the UK, as Mugenkyo are the longest-established group. To mark the occasion, they are hosting Scotland’s first taiko festival, in which they celebrate the reverberations that have spread out from their 25 years of extensive touring throughout the UK, pioneering collaborative projects and teaching activities, with their influence leading to new taiko groups springing up all over the UK.
As well as their extensive touring, Mugenkyo have just released their 6th album “Way of the Drum” and have also released 3 concert DVD’s, making them the most artistically prolific taiko group outside of Japan. In addition to their main touring work at theatres and concert halls, Mugenkyo also perform at large-scale events and festivals at home and abroad, and have appeared on numerous television programmes such as the Brit Awards and BBC Last Night of the Proms.
Mugenkyo push the boundaries of the art-form with their genre-crossing collaborations, such as in the highly acclaimed “The World of the Gods” with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra , with violin, piano & voice for the BBC World Showcase, with fiddle, tabla & Indian dance for the Edinburgh Mela Festival, with Scottish bagpipes for the BBC Last Night of the Proms.
The event will feature over 40 drummers, and will consist of a 5-hour festival in the afternoon, which will showcase both traditional taiko and modern collaborations, and then an after-show party in the evening with a full line-up of associated performances.
To view the promotional video of the festival, see the Facebook post:
To view the full information on the festival, including the workshop day on