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Kodo Members Record Music for New BoBA Short Film

Kodo Members Record Music for New BoBA Short Film 
“DRUMMANz (The Unexpected Happening of Stick)”

The trailer has just been released for a new short film directed by BoBA (Yohji Tanaka) called “DRUMMANz (The Unexpected Happening of Stick),” starring Flower Companyz drummer Mr. Konishi. It also features drummers Tatsuya Nakamura and Steve Eto.

▶︎Watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/AO-OBMNGrWg

This short film is one of four made to shine a light on the local area surrounding Cinema Skhole in Nagoya.

The director approached Kodo and asked us to provide some music for the soundtrack, which we recorded at our rehearsal hall on Sado Island. Yuichiro Funabashi composed the music and performed it for the recording with Mitsuru Ishizuka and Masayuki Sakamoto.

Photo: Erika UedaPhoto: Erika Ueda

Recording at Kodo Village for the soundtrack

Short Film “DRUMMANz (The Unexpected Happening of Stick)”

Director /Script Writer /Editor: BoBA (Yohji Tanaka)

Featuring: Mr. Konishi, Tatsuya Nakamura, Steve Eto, Flower Companyz, Tadahisa Fujimura, & others

Cinematographer: Rokuro Terada

Sound Engineer: Kenji Sakaue

Lighting Designer: Ken Horiguchi

Art Director: Koji Nagasawa

Music by: Flower Companyz, Kodo (Yuiichiro Funabashi, Mitsuru Ishizuka, Masayuki Sakamoto), Shleeps





“Looking Ahead to the Europe ‘Mystery’ Tour” by Yosuke Kusa

“Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Mystery”
Europe Tour Begins Late Jan. 2016!

Photo: Julieta CervantesPhoto: Takashi Okamoto

It’s not long now until our tour around Europe with “Mystery” begins on Jan. 30, 2016.

This production was very well received in Japan, but because it features so many elements of Japanese folk arts, the first time we took it abroad I was honestly anxious to see how our audiences would react to it. Earlier this year we set off on tour with “Mystery” in the USA and Canada and our entire cast was so surprised… because we received standing ovations at every venue.



In particular, when we gave back-to-back performances at BAM in New York, word of mouth created a huge demand for tickets and people were waiting for cancellations to come and see us. We were very happy to feel such warm acceptance of our culture as we traveled throughout North America with this production.

That was just two countries… and next we are taking “Mystery” to several countries in Europe.
I’m sure the reaction to our performance will differ from country to country. Also, we perform at more concert halls than regular theaters in Europe, so we have the added challenge of adapting the programme and performance to suit each venue.

I hope to take my performances in Europe to new heights, facing each one anew with all my might. I will make the most of my experiences to date performing “Mystery” in Japan and North America.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto


Since March, the cast of “Mystery” has been split up to work on all kinds of different tours and projects. When we reunite for the Europe “Mystery” performances, we will bring new inspiration and energy with us from those experiences. We look forward to sharing the unique realm of darkness and light that “Mystery” creates on stage with everyone in Europe soon.
Also, if you’re planning to visit Europe in early 2016, please come and see us somewhere during your travels!




“Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Mystery” Europe Tour
Jan.–Mar. 2016

“Hello Hong Kong!” by Mitsuru Ishizuka

Oct. 29, 2015

Hello Hong Kong!


We have safely arrived in Hong Kong for the “DADAN” performances! The last time Kodo visited anywhere in China was 15 years ago in 2000. This is my first time ever in Hong Kong and I have been really looking forward to this trip.

Photo: Mitsuru Ishizuka

But our schedule is rather tight… tomorrow we have to unpack our instruments and load in to the theater, then we have a press conference and rehearsals, then two performances… so that only leaves a short amount of free time today to enjoy Hong Kong.

Photo: Mitsuru IshizukaPhoto: Mitsuru Ishizuka

So, as soon as we got off the bus from the airport and checked in to our hotel, I was straight back outside and leapt on the subway. I started my sightseeing from the southern end of Nathan Road and zigzagged my way north.

Photo: Mitsuru Ishizuka

I saw lanes of pubs filled with spirited old guys, a chic shopping area like Omotesando (in Tokyo), a market packed with stalls on the street, and such amazing neon signs. I felt such great energy coming from the city and its people.


It was a brief outing, but it was great to feel that pulsating side of Asia. I’m invigorated and will do my best for our performances!



Kodo “DADAN 2015″ Hong Kong Performances

Oct. 30 (Fri) & 31 (Sat), 2015 Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong SAR, China


“Successful ‘DADAN’ Performances in Hong Kong” by Mio Teycheney-Takashiro

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Kodo gave performances of “DADAN” at Sha Tin Town Hall in Hong Kong on the 30th and 31st of October.

We were very happy with the response to both our sold-out performances, which were a great success.

Photo: Mio Takashiro

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the audiences, the presenter, our agent, and all the local staff.

We will definitely come back to Hong Kong again!

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Kodo “DADAN 2015″ Hong Kong Performances

Oct. 30 (Fri) & 31 (Sat), 2015 Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong SAR, China


“Huge Surprise Kodo Reunion at the Port!” by Narumi Matsuda


I found myself heading back to Sado Island on the same ferry as the “Kaguyahime” members on their way back from Canada, the “DADAN” members returning from Hong Kong, Chieko who was in Australia, and Eiichi who had been in Tokyo leading workshops!

Photo: Narumi Matsuda

I was on my way home from a business trip to Nagano when I ran into everyone at the port, so I had traveled the least distance of everyone. I hadn’t seen some of the members in two months, so we talked about our travels as we boarded the ferry. Now that all the fall tours have come to an end, we’ll all be back on Sado Island together for a while.

“Kodo in November” by Tomohiro Mitome

Nov. 1. 2015

From Fall into Winter: Kodo in November

Hello everyone. I hope that you are all well. This is Tomohiro Mitome, leader of taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo.

November has just begun, yet it’s already remarkably cold here on Sado Island.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

On October 18, we gave our final performance of “Kodo One Earth Tour: Eternity,” which premiered in November 2014 and toured throughout the past year. This was the third production directed by Tamasaburo Bando since he became our artistic director in 2012. “Eternity” has such a profound title and theme and was created entirely from brand new compositions. For Kodo, this work was full of new challenges in musical and stage expression, which led us to new depths and heights on stage.

Photo: Courtesy of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal

Photo: Courtesy of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal

Meanwhile, in Canada another cast of Kodo members took part in the contemporary ballet production “Kaguyahime” in October. Every performance received such a wonderful, excited response from its audience. Kodo throughly enjoyed taking part in this collaboration again and week by week, our performers deepened their connection with the dancers, Gagaku musicians, and percussionists. We are truly grateful for this experience.


Our Kaguyahime cast members also found time between the ballet performances to present Kodo’s first ever School Workshop Performances abroad. It was a very good experience for both sides: many children in Montreal had the chance to experience the sound and vibrations of taiko for the first time and our members got to try speaking French for the first time to deliver their self introductions to the audience.

Speaking of performances abroad, we also held “DADAN 2015” performances at the end of October in Hong Kong, and in November a small Kodo ensemble will head to Bali, Indonesia, for collaborations with EC 2015 guest artist Suar Agung. It’s the first time in 29 years for Kodo to visit both Hong Kong and Bali, so in both cases it’s the first time for all the cast members to visit these places with Kodo. I’m sure the performers will be inspired by these new places & experiences. We look forward to sharing stories and news from our travels with you through this blog, so please stay tuned for updates.


Kodo at “Shion Kansha Nihon Taiko Festival 2014”

Also, this November I’ll return to Ise in Mie Prefecture with Kodo for a taiko festival at the Ise Grand Shrine called “13th Shinon Kansha Nihon Taiko Matsuri.” Kodo performed at this event last year, too. This exciting two-day event draws amazing performance groups from all over Japan and such an enthusiastic crowd.


From the 2014 Kodo Apprentice Centre Harvest Festival 2014

Futhermore, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Kodo Apprentice Centre’s relocation to its current premises: the former Iwakubi Junior High School premises in Kakinoura on Sado Island. Every year in early November the apprentices plan and hold their own “Harvest Festival” and this year they are having a “Great Harvest Festival,” which will be a huge celebration. Kodo Apprentice Centre alumni and Kodo members will come along to perform and enjoy a freshly harvested feast together. This festival is our way of saying thanks to the locals in the Kakinoura and Iwakubi area for their constant kindness. Since all Kodo members and many Kodo staff members pass through the Apprentice Centre, the festival is always a great reunion for Kodo and the locals near the Centre. I am truly looking forward to the Great Harvest Festival that celebrates this milestone year.


Photo: Takashi Okamoto


Last but not least, on Nov. 23 “Kodo One Earth Tour: Chaos,” the latest production directed by our artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, will premiere on Sado Island.
Sounds of the West, the East, and Japan will create a world of chaos and harmony as they entwine and disperse. This new work is based upon bolder, more liberated ideas than ever before for a Kodo performance.

Photo: Takashi OkamotoPhoto: Takashi Okamoto

With the unveiling of this new production and the start of a new tour, November marks another exciting beginning for the Kodo.

“Kodo Appearance at ‘2015 Taiko Festival in Oumi'” by Tomoe Miura

Photo: Yuki Nakagawa

This year Echigo Oyashirazu Taiko, a local taiko group in Itoigawa, Niigata, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Kodo was invited to join them for a special performance to commemorate their milestone year.

Photo: Yuki Nakagawa

Around 50 people took part in the performance, ranging from elementary school children to adults. All of the performers took the stage for the finale to play a festive piece together. It was my first time to perform with other taiko groups and I offered them my sincere congratulations by performing from the bottom of my heart. The whole theater was filled with so many smiles and such loud applause.


The elementary school children, who belong to a group called Koshirazu Taiko, performed with all their might and the adults performed with such power. They all had such wonderful smiles. It was such a special occasion and I am so grateful that I got to take part in it. Thank you for having us, Echigo Oyashirazu Taiko! I wish you and Koshirazu Taiko all the best for your future activities!




Kodo Appearance at “2015 Taiko Festival in Oumi”

Oct. 11 (Sun), 2015 Oumi Sogo Bunka Kaikan Kirara Hall, Itoigawa, Niigata


“The Finale of ‘Kaguyahime'” by Yui Kawamoto

The Finale of “Kaguyahime”

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

The “Kaguyahime” performance series in Montreal has come to an end!
I’m calling this just a temporary goodbye to all the cast, including Les Grands Ballets, who we have worked with since 2012.
Looking forward to seeing you all again, somewhere in the world!

To everyone who attended the performance, the wonderfully talented cast members, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal who invited us to be a part of this beautiful program:
Thank you very much for a magical time!



Ballet Performance “Kaguyahime: The Moon Princess”

Oct. 15 (Thu)–30 (Fri), 2015 Montreal, Canada

Kodo Cast: Masaru TsujiKenta NakagomeEri Uchida,  Maya MinowaYuta SumiyoshiTetsumi HanaokaRyosuke Inada

(Photo: Damian Siqueiros / Dancers: Jerimy Rivera & Edi Blloshmi)

“Meet-the-Press Session for Hong Kong ‘DADAN 2015′” by Mio Teycheney-Takashiro

Oct. 29, 2015

Meet-the-Press Session for Hong Kong “DADAN 2015”

Photo: Mio Takashiro

Our second day in Hong Kong began with preparations at the venue, and then we took part in a “Meet-the-Press” session this afternoon.

Our performance tomorrow will be Kodo’s first one in Hong Kong since 1986. That’s 29 years ago!

The performers will all do their best on stage in the hopes that each audience member will feel the powerful energy of “DADAN” resonate throughout their entire body.

Photo: Mio Takashiro


Kodo “DADAN 2015” Hong Kong Performances

Oct. 30 (Fri) & 31 (Sat), 2015 Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong SAR, China


“We’re Off to Hong Kong!” by Reo Kitabayashi

Oct. 27, 2015

We’re Off to Hong Kong for Kodo “DADAN 2015”

Photo: Erika Uedaimage2

Hello! I’m Reo Kitabayashi, one of Kodo’s junior members. This is my first time posting on the Kodo Blog.

Today we set off from Kodo Village to head to Hong Kong for the “DADAN 2015” performances. I’ve never been abroad, so this will be my first time!

I’ll play with all my might on Oct. 30 & 31 at our two performances in Hong Kong.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto





Kodo “DADAN 2015” Hong Kong Performances

Oct. 30 (Fri) & 31 (Sat), 2015 Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong SAR, China


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