Internationally-Acclaimed TAO Returns to New Mexico

By: Mar. 06, 2018
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Internationally-Acclaimed TAO Returns to New Mexico

Drum TAO makes an epic return to Albuquerque. A new show, TAO: Drum Heart visits Popejoy Hall Friday, April 20 at 8:00pm.

Drum Heart features the best of TAO and pays tribute to Japanese traditions while incorporating modern drum techniques. 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.

The martial artists combine flutes, drums of all sizes, and masterful fighting techniques to create one heart-pounding show. Costumes reflect the ancient Japanese traditions of featuring battle gear and beautiful silk dresses.

Drum Heart follows a young boy mourning the loss of his parents in a natural disaster. A brave drummer and warrior teaches the boy how to drum, how to be a warrior, and, ultimately, how to be a man. Martial artists then take the stage, punching and kicking in a gracefully intense routine.

The twenty-seven performers follow a strict training regiment of a 20-kilometer run, calisthenics, martial arts practice, and a minimum of two hours of percussion practice each day. Their dedication pays off on stage with their unparalleled precision and athletic ability.

Tickets for TAO: Drum Heart are currently on sale for $69, $49, $39, and $20. Tickets may be purchased at UNM Ticket Offices at the UNM Bookstore and Dreamstyle Arena (formerly The Pit). Online purchasing is available at or To charge by phone, call (877) 664-8661 or (505) 925-5858. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by emailing