Tomohiro Mitome, Kodo Ensemble Leader
Yuichiro Funabashi, Kodo Deputy Ensemble Leader
Yoshikazu Fujimoto (Distinguished Member)
Chieko Kojima (Distinguished Member)
Yoko Fujimoto (Distinguished Member)
Motofumi Yamaguchi (Distinguished Member)
Article featuring Tamasaburo Bando & Kodo in Magazine “Geijutsu Shincho”
An article featuring our artistic director Tamasaburo Bando and Kodo is featured in the June 2014 issue of “Geijutsu Shincho” (Shinchosha Publishing), coming out on May 24. It is full of pictures and stories about the “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery” production. We hope you’ll take a look.
Shinchosha Publishing Website｜http://www.shinchosha.co.jp/geishin/ (in Japanese)
On April 6, we had a joint 2014 entrance ceremony for the Kodo Apprentice Centre and Fukaura Gakusha (Community Development Course).
From this year, the shape of the Kodo Apprentice Centre has changed and now there are two courses on offer: one for training Kodo performing members and a human-resource-education course focused on community-development initiatives, designed to both to contribute to the development of our home of Sado Island and to spur local development all over Japan.
The participants from each course met at the entrance ceremony for the first time. The 2 participants in the community development course had already started their program. The 12 apprentices hoping to become Kodo performers arrived on the day of the ceremony, on this bus. United at the Kodo Apprentice Centre, they all vowed to make their dreams come true.
There is a 10-page special feature on “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery” in the March 26 Issue of Japan’s “Dance Magazine” (by Shinshokan). If you are in Japan, we hope you will pick up a copy.
Contents: Interviews with artistic director Tamasaburo Bando and Kodo performers Masayuki Sakamoto & Yuta Sumiyoshi
Shinshokan | Dance Magazine (Contents in Japanese)
From Hekireki, “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery” (Photo: Takashi Okamoto)
We have just released the preview on YouTube for “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery,” the second work directed by artistic director Tamasaburo Bando. This production will tour throughout Japan from May 2014.
Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery
See here for the May-July Japan tour schedule:
TBS “Japan Record Awards,” NHK “Kohaku Uta Gassen”
This year Kodo took part in the recording of Fuyumi Sakamoto’s latest enka (traditional-style Japanese popular ballad) song, “Otoko no Himatsuri” (Men’s Fire Festival), which went on sale on October 2. We are pleased to announce that Fuyumi Sakamoto has been awarded a Japan Record Award for best song and has been invited to perform “Otoko no Himatsuri” on the New Year’s Eve program “Kohoku Uta Gassen.” Kodo is honored to join Ms. Sakamoto on stage for these televised performances. This is the first time since the recording that we have had the opportunity to perform together. If you are in Japan, we hope you will tune in!
55th Japan Record Awards
TBS (Nationwide broadcast)
Dec. 30 (Mon), 2013 17:00 – 22:00
(Time may differ in certain regions.)
*Kodo appearance time TBA.
64th Kohaku Uta Gassen
NHK General TV & Radio 1
Dec. 31 (Tue), 2013 19:00 – 23:45
*Kodo appearance time TBA.
WOWOW “New Year Special: Bando Tamasaburo no Bi”
On New Year’s Day in 2014, a special program featuring some of the recent works of Tamasaburo Bando will be aired in Japan. The program has three parts, two of which feature Kodo: Part 2 shows the “Tamasaburo Bando Special Performances” at Kanamaru-za in November 2012 and Part 3 shows the “Amaterasu” performance at Minami-za in October 2013.
January 1 (Wed), 2014 from 13:00
Part 1: 13:00 – Tamasaburo Bando’s Universe PART 1
“Kyogano Komusume Dojoji,” “Yokihi”
Part 2: 14:40 – Tamasaburo Bando’s Universe PART 2
Kanamaru-za “Yuki,” “Kanegamisaki,” “Ibuki”
Part 3: 16:30 – Tamasaburo Bando x Kodo “Amaterasu”
We have given the Kodo Weblog a brand new look. We will be making regular updates, so please keep an eye out for new posts!