Tag ‘Jun Jidai’
TV Appearance: Nippon TV “Kokoro Yusabure! Sempai ROCK YOU”
Nov. 22 (Sat) TV Appearance
Nippon TV “Kokoro Yusabure! Sempai ROCK YOU”
Kodo will appear during a wadaiko special on Nippon TV’s “Kokoro Yusabure! Sempai ROCK YOU” this Saturday from 23:00. If you’re in Japan, we hope you’ll tune in!
Nippon TV “Kokoro Yusabure! Sempai ROCK YOU”
Broadcast Date & Time: Nov. 22 (Sat) 23:00–23:30
Featured Kodo Members: Yosuke Oda, Masayuki Sakamoto, Eri Uchida, Maya Minowa, Kosuke Urushikubo, Jun Jidai
Program Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/rockyou/kokoro/2014/11/post-125.html
*Date and time are subject to change without notice.
“Miwaku Dancers in ‘Eternity'” by Jun Jidai
Nov. 15, 2014
Our brand new production, “Kodo One Earth Tour: Eternity,” premieres on Nov. 20! Right now we are at the climax of our rehearsals!
In this performance, Koki, Shogo, Mariko, and I will dance in a new piece called Miwaku. It is a unique dance, like some kind of magical ceremony. Please come and watch us in action.
Spiraling sounds will lure you to another dimension.
Once the curtain rises, another world will be revealed.
Please join us for “Eternity.”
Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Eternity
Nov. 20 (Thu) Amusement Sado, Sado Is., Niigata
Nov. 30 (Sun) City Hall Plaza “Aore Nagaoka,” Nagaoka, Niigata
– “Heartbeat Project” Special Version –
Dec. 2 (Tue) Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Dec. 4 (Thu) Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater Concert Hall, Nagoya, Aichi
Dec. 6 (Sat) & 7 (Sun) NHK Osaka Hall, Osaka City
Dec. 10 (Wed) Okayama Civic Hall, Okayama City
Dec. 12 (Fri) Ueno Gakuen Hall, Hiroshima City
Dec. 15 (Mon) & 16 (Tue) Hakataza Theater, Fukuoka City
Dec. 19 (Fri) – 23 (Tue/Public Hol.) Bunkyo Civic Hall, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
Dec. 25 (Thu) Niigata Prefectural Civic Center, Niigata City
“Setting off on Tour” by Jun Jidai
We loaded our suitcases onto the bus and set off on the fall “Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery” Japan tour, farewelled by the sound of taiko.
Since last December, we have been touring all over Japan with this production, making an array of adjustments to refine the “Mystery” programme more and more. This will be the last “Mystery” tour in Japan. I wonder what encounters await me on this tour. I am so excited!
First stop is Hokkaido! I’m looking forward to the local food up there!
See you all at one of the theaters on this tour!
Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery” Sep.-Oct. Japan Tour
“Rehearsals for ‘Kozan Matsuri'” by Jun Jidai
July 26, 2014
Rehearsals for Sado Festival “Kozan Matsuri”
Today it is so sunny here on Sado Island. We’re in the middle of our rehearsals for tomorrow’s performance at festival “Kozan Matsuri,” trying to compete with the sun in terms of energy!
It’s one of our limited number of chances a year for people on Sado Island to see us perform, so we drum and drum, dripping with sweat in the summer heat, in preparation for the concert without caring at all about the blisters on our hands!
Please come along to see us tomorrow in Aikawa!
“O-daiko Ura-uchi” by Jun Jidai
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Legend” O-daiko Ura-uchi
In the second act of the performance, there are three O-daiko soloists who perform one after the other, and the third one is Yosuke Oda.
Wild, free, like he is beating the drum instinctively: he plays that kind of “O-daiko.” On this tour, I am playing the back of the drum, which is the bass rhythm part called “ura-uchi.”*
There is something great about standing on either side of the odaiko, the atmosphere and the air of tension. At first, the harder I tried, the more I’d lose the plot, or collide, or get ahead of where I was meant to be, and I couldn’t get my energy to accompany Yosuke’s energy properly. It was frustrating and it troubled me for ages.
n Milan, I was rehearsing with Yosuke before the performance and he said, “Relax, and be calm.” So I made a clean break and tried to play really calmly.
And when I did that, Yosuke said “Yes, that’s the way! When you play calmly, you could see all kinds of things, right? You need to face me with the exact opposite to my energy. Then our energy will meet in just the right spot.”
I felt like new things had popped up in my senses for sure. “So that’s what he meant!,” I thought to myself. I learned how good it feels when the two of us are in sync.
Playing the back of the odaiko teaches you a lot.
I’ll do my best behind the big drum again today!
*”Ura-uchi” is the person who plays the bass rhythm on the back of the odaiko (big drum), with their body and soul in unity with the soloist on the front of the drum.