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Gu Gu Drum Group



Biography

This award winning and top rated drum group from Shanghai offers a theatrical drum drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions that present profound insight into unity, human evolution, awareness, wisdom, social commitment, and communication through percussive movements.

Director Yang Xiaodong and his authentic ancient drum movements as well as the actual ancient drums themselves represent a powerful lineage of drum movements dating back to the times of the Emperors of Chinese Dynasties with a contemporary approach to a moving presentation that has been featured at many outdoor festivals and arts centers throughout China. The show features drum vignettes based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales.

This performance uses traditional Chinese drums and the traditional percussive vocabulary of these ancient instruments with modern percussion techniques most famous just outside of Shanghai.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/7/2017: Gu Gu Drum Group

An award-winning and top-rated drum group from Shanghai, GuGu Drums offers a theatrical drum drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions. Director Yang Xiaodong and his authentic ancient drum movements, as well as the actual ancient drums themselves, represent a powerful lineage—dating back to the times of the Emperors of Chinese dynasties—with a contemporary approach. The show features drum vignettes based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales.

  Gu Gu Drum Group