Mugenkyo is Europe's foremost exponent of the exciting and dynamic art of Taiko (Japanese drumming). The group was established in 1994 on their return to Britain after two years of intensive training on the west coast of Japan, under Taiko master Masaaki Kurumaya.
Mugenkyo perform over 100 concerts a year at theatres, arts centres and festivals, throughout Britain, Europe and Japan. Using powerful Taiko rhythms, gentle percussion, costume and highly choreographed movement, Mugenkyo have developed a style of drumming with international appeal. Mugenkyo is the leading force of Taiko in Europe, pushing musical boundaries, astounding and enthralling audiences everywhere.
Mugenkyo also work extensively at corporate events, such as conventions and exhibitions, with companies such as Sony, Panasonic, Cadbury's, Isuzu, Subaru, Japan Airlines, British Airways, amongst others. They have performed at major events such as the Birmingham Motor Show, and they have composed taiko drum pieces for spectacular multi-media shows with several Japanese companies. They have also been featured in a major advertising campaign with Hewlett Packard in the USA, using Taiko to demonstrate the importance of teamwork within a company.
In 1997 Mugenkyo were invited to perform at a prestigious event at the British Embassy in Tokyo, with the theme "Cross-cultural cooperation through Taiko drumming", where the Japanese Royal Family and other dignitaries were in attendance, as well as key members of the Anglo-Japanese business community. As Europe's most successful Taiko drum group, and with their background of hundreds of concerts and events performed, Mugenkyo offer their expertise, versatility, depth of experience, and professionalism to the corporate client.
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