Acclaimed Japanese drumming sensation TAO brings new show to TPAC

man playing large taiko drum

Contemporary costumes mixed with traditional drumming

The internationally acclaimed percussion artists of TAO bring their intense percussion beats and spectacular talent to Nashville for TAO: Drum Heart, a special one-time event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Mar. 2, 2018.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

TAO: Drum Heart is the latest production from TAO, whose 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.

In 2004, TAO attended the world’s largest festival of the arts, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and became the number one box office smash hit of the festival. Following that success, TAO began spreading their talent overseas with a three-month tour in Germany and Australia.

After performing at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, their first North American tour spanning 44 cities and totaling 50 shows throughout the U.S. completely sold-out. Now, TAO continues to tour worldwide, playing in over 22 countries, 400 cities, and in front of 7 million spectators.

Along with their worldwide achievements and over 200 shows each year in Japan, TAO received “The 6th Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner’s Award” from Japan Tourism Agency and “Outstanding Cultural Contribution” from the Oita prefecture. TAO has rewritten the whole story of the traditional Japanese Drum and proudly stands as the greatest of all Japanese drum performers in Japan.

If You Go:

TAO: Drum Heart

Mar. 2, 2018

8:00 p.m.

TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater

505 Deaderick St.





Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is


Since 1980, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 14 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit

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