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Review: Kazakoshi: Mountain Wind

kazakoshi-mountain-wind_31548Category     Music
Genres     classical, world music
Group     Wadaiko Tokara (Japan)
Venue     C venues – C too ​
Event Website     www.tokara.net/kazakoshi
Date     14-26 August
Time     16:55
Duration     50 minutes
Suitability     U
Country of Origin     Japan

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Wadaiko Tokara, a Taiko drumming group from Japan is currently in the Edinburgh Fringe as part of  a world tour. In this era of health and safety awareness, a sign by the booking office tells all; ‘Mountain Wind: patrons should be aware that this production contains drumming’.  It sure does!  And get this, some of it is very loud and very fast. It is also enjoyably infectious. mountainwind

Taiko drumming melds together a very fluid style of drumming, dance and martial arts. One of the pieces is an arrangement of a traditional item but this repertoire adds a number of original compositions by the group’s affable founder and artistic director, Art Lee.  These four performers are very fit – and no wonder – they all do 200 push-ups and 400m sit-ups and a 12km run every morning before breakfast. It shows, too in the disciplined choreography of this performance.

If you like percussion, this show is unmissable. It’s banging great fun.

Reviewed by David Kerr

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All Turn!

Albert and Emily

Albert North and Emily Summers

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2012

All Turn!

Door Step Theatre

Top Deck of the Comedy Bus, Venue 272, Cowgate

0131 622 6801

Emily Summers’ evocative one-woman show offers a poignant, affectionate and humorous insight into the life of her granddad, Albert North.  Appearing as Albert, who was born in Oldham in 1926, she recounts his early life through hard times, and the Second World War.  Albert was never bored, but he was often hungry. His clothes were patched, and his first bike was cobbled together from spare parts. He called it the ‘Mayfall’ as it may fall apart any second.

Emily, as Albert, mingles with the passengers in the bus, occasionally playing the music from his era. The passengers get the chance to see Albert’s tools, his wedding photo as we relive his memories of life, love, tribulation, illness and death. To coin a phrase, ‘we don’t know we’re born’ these days compared to the things that men of Albert’s generation had to put up with.

***** Five Stars

David Kerr

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