As part of their World Music Series, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will present Kodo on February 10th at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. In Japanese the word “Kodo” conveys two meanings: Firstly, “heartbeat” the primal source of all rhythm.
The sound of the great taiko is said to resemble a mother’s heartbeat as felt in the womb, and it is no myth that babies are often lulled asleep by its thunderous vibrations. Secondly, read in a different way, the word can mean “children of the drum,” a reflection of Kodo’s desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child.
Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3300 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.
Kodo strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Beyond this, members on tours and research trips all over the globe have brought back to Sado a kaleidoscope of world music and experiences which now exerts a strong influence on the group’s performances and compositions.
Collaborations with other artists and composers extend right across the musical spectrum and Kodo’s lack of preconceptions about its music continues to produce startling new fusion and forms.
- In North America: The Best of Kodo, Heartbeat Kodo 25th Anniversary, Mondo Head, Live at the Acropolis, Ibuki, Heartbeat Drummers of Japan, Sai-So: The Remix Project, Tataku
- In Europe: Heartbeat Kodo 25th Anniversary, The Best of Kodo Vol.1
Thursday, February 10, 8:00pm
at Walt Disney Concert Hall
For tickets and information, visit http://www.laphil.com
Author: World Music Central News Department
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