Japanese drumming group to perform on campus

Van Meter Hall

Griffin Fletcher

The Yamato Drummers, a drumming group from Japan, will perform Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Meter Hall.

The group will be performing part of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series, a series intended “to challenge [its] audiences, to expose them to new ideas, and give them new perspectives on our world,” according to their website.

In its 21st season of production, the Cultural Enhancement Series is always looking to provide its audiences with an opportunity for “cultural education,” said Larry Snyder, Dean of Potter College, which Snyder said is particularly applicable to the scheduled performance of the Yamato drummers, given that the group “bring[s] an international dimension” to the series.

Snyder said the performance is free, as are all Cultural Enhancement Series events, and that guests will be able to enter Van Meter starting at 6:30 p.m. Snyder expects the event to last at least an hour and is not able to guarantee any estimation on how many guests will attend, though Cultural Enhancement Series events have been known to fill out Van Meter’s auditorium, which seats around 1,200 people, Snyder said.

According to the the Yamato drummers’ website, the group was founded in Japan in 1993 and has since played over 2,500 performances in 51 different countries.

Recently finishing a Christmas tour in Germany, the group will tour in the United States until March, according to the group’s website. Yamato’s “greatest goal is to send [its] audiences home after each performance with a new vitality and passion for life,” according to their website.

The drummers are next scheduled to perform Saturday, Feb. 3, in Louisville at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

Reporter Griffin Fletcher can be reached at 270-745-2655 and [email protected].