I had the pleasure of watching Taiko virtuoso Leonard Eto and the rest of the Leo Project Ensemble perform last night at the Arad Fort. It was brilliant. The fort as a backdrop for the performers, the sea and the Manama skyline behind the audience, perfect weather and a light sea breeze to complement the excellent music. And best of all it was FREE (even the refreshments) on behalf of the Japanese Embassy, so many many thanks to them for arranging it. Hope to see many more of such events in Bahrain.
There is something very special about listening to pure unadulterated rhythms. Whether it's Leonard Eto from Japan, Doudou N'Diaye Rose from Senegal or Pappu Sain from Pakistan, their music seems to evoke something carnal, primordial from deep down within all of us. Even young children are fascinated by raw beats. Some people have suggested that this is because of our relation to our mother's heartbeat while in her womb, or to our own heartbeat, or the rhythms and cycles of the universe. Regardless, its beautiful.