MANAO DRUMS OF CHINA

 

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The!musical!export!good!from!China!enchants!with!female!drum!power!!
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In!2008!a!group!of!young!Chinese!women!opened!and!closed!the!Olympic!Games!in!Beijing!with!an!
enormous! drum! roll.! The! band! represents! on! stage! as! beautiful,! selfCconfident! and! insanely!
powerful!ladies.!Women!with! traditional!percussion!instruments!–!an!image! that!has!seemed! to!
be!unimaginable!for!a!long!time.!By!now!10!years!MANAOCDrums!of!China!has!performed!on!stage!
and!has!afforded!its!audience!an!awesome!experience! through! traditional!sound!in!combination!
with!an!artistic!modern!show.!Already!successful!in!their!home!country,!the!musicians!also!played!
in! Canada,!US,!Singapore,!South!Africa!and!Australia,!and! they!now!export! the!magic! of! this! far!
eastern!culture!to!the!stages!of!the!world.!
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The! young! ladies! of! MANAO! pound! the! tautly! stretched! furs! in! lively! rhythms! with! passion! and!
mettle!in!a!perfectly!original!manner!–!loudly!and!impressively!but!also!gently!and!restrainedly.!Old!
Chinese!art! of! beating! the! drum!is!wrapped!in!a! stage! show!which! spectacularly! puts! the!musical!
themes!in!the!limelight!by!most!modern!lightning!technology!and!targeted!effects.!This!composition!
inspires!the!fantasy!and!let!you!sink!in!a!mystic!new!world.!
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The!musicians!represent!a!young!Chinese!generation!that!is!oriented!towards!occidental!values!but!
cares!of!its!extraordinary!consciousness!of!tradition.!Thus!they!build!a!bridge!between!an!old!culture!
and!modernity.!
It!will!be!admirable! that!MANAO!could!obtain!a!hearing!as!a! female!drummer!band!in! their!home!
country!China!if!you!take!in!consideration!that!men!have!reserved!this!traditional!art!so!far.!
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Their! unbelievable! discipline,! professionalism! and! their! vast!staying! power!reflect! in! their! faces.!
Drums! of! China! is! a! nailDbiting! entertainment! which! demands! physically! supreme! performance! of!
these!young!ladies!–!drumming!with!heart!and!soul.!
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The!graceful!bodies!pound!the!drums!of!350kg!with!an!impressively!exact!synchrony.!!
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During!the!show!rare!stringed!instruments,!which!form!a!lovely!melodic!contrast,!will!be!presented!
besides! different!percussion!instruments.!Sound!and! rhythm!will!abduct!you!in!a! dreamlike!world!
and!they!will!tell!about!wild!animals!and!pristine!landscapes.!
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There!was!a!first!resonance!during!the!premieresDtour!in!Austria,!Germany,!Italy!and!Czech!Republic.!
The! anticipation! of! the! forthcoming!tours! in! 2012/2013! goes! up! because! of! sellDouts,! standing!
ovations!and!enthusiastic!coDdrumming!of!the!audience!in!these!countries.!
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