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KNOXVILLE — The infectious sounds of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming are beating into downtown Knoxville on Wednesday, April 7, with TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming.

The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are available to students for $5 with a valid UT ID, $20 for UT faculty and staff, and $25 for the general public. Tickets are available at the University Center Central Ticket Office, Thompson-Boling Arena Ticket Office, online at, or by phone at (865) 656-4444. A convenience charge may be added. Tickets are also available at the venue on the evening of the performance.

Parking is available in the State Street, Market Square and Locust Street garages. Parking is free after 6 p.m.

The group’s contemporary costumes and meticulously synchronized choreography with a vibrant, modern twist combine to make an exciting show. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than a million spectators, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the traditional art of Japanese drumming has massive international appeal.

The performers live and train at a compound in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity only after years of intensive study. However, the performers each bring nontraditional flair to the group by drawing on their diverse backgrounds as a hard rock musician, a gymnast and a composer.

They offer a young and vibrantly modern take on a traditional art form.

This event is sponsored by the Cultural Attractions Committee.

C O N T A C T :

Bridget Hardy (865-974-2225,