By Laura Howell | March 5, 2018 | Press Release

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TAO, the Japanese drumming sensation, is coming to the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University on Tuesday, March 6. The company’s all-new production, “Drum Heart,” will take the BPAC stage at 7:00pm.

TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart create an energetic and unforgettable production.

Critics are raving about TAO:

“Extraordinarily talented percussion artists … The crowd was unmistakably wowed.” —Chicago Tribune

“A beautiful story, simple and elegant… an experience to be had.” —Stage Buddy

“Supernaturally fit and superbly trained… stunning.” —The Herald

Taiko drumming is considered to have originated in 6th Century Japan and refers to a variety of traditional percussion instruments, from small and hand-held to those that are so large that they rest vertically on the ground and are played on their sides.

Breaking past the traditional notions of Taiko since it was formed in 1993, TAO has created an entirely new art form that is modern yet retains a sense of nostalgia. The performers are both highly-trained athletes and expressive artists. Their rigorous training in TAO’s home of Oita, Japan often consists of daily workouts lasting 17 hours. The music they create in different genres and with traditional instruments result in a unique production, using world-class techniques and specialized methods.

The Cleveland performance is part of a world tour that has covered 24 countries and been seen by almost 8 million people. Don’t miss the chance to see these internationally-acclaimed percussion artists! Tickets are $15-20 and are now on sale at the Bologna Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 662-846-4626, or by visiting