14 Aug '11, 9pm

Women can play the drums better than men, insists Drum Tao's Arisa Nishi

THE sight of a beautiful woman passionately playing drums is, to use the proper technical term, really hot. Looking great, however, is the furthest thing on Arisa Nishi's mind after she picks up her sticks and starts banging away. In fact, her mind is mostly blank. "I think of nothing at all. I just concentrate on beating, beating, beating. If I start thinking about the sound or how accurate my rhythm is, I'll lose concentration and the playing wouldn't be so good," shared the 32-year-old member of Drum Tao. Next month, the Japanese performing troupe is set to perform their latest creation, Art Of Drum, in Singapore. But audiences who expect a traditional taiko drumming experience will be surprised. As Nishi explained: "What we're doing is miles away from traditional, classical Japanese drumming." Instead, you've got some martial arts, a flurry of choreographed movement, a...

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