Concert with Sayuri Ishikawa in Nagoya
I was part of a select Kodo cast who performed with singer Sayuri Ishikawa at her concert in Nagoya last weekend. Now we are back on Sado Island. It was a concert full of firsts and I was nervous right up until the bell rang that signaled the start of the performance.
I was continually moved by Sayuri’s beautiful vocals as I performed with all my might. Even after the performance, the sound of her fabulous singing was still whirling around and around in my head.
Sayuri chatted with the audience and they responded with cheers and calls. It was surprising how close the audience felt to us on stage. Sayuri’s performances are the result of all forty-five years of her long career, so I am truly happy that she invited us to join her on stage to experience her unique world.
We will also join Sayuri for her Osaka & Tokyo performances. I will do my very best and I am sure I am going to enjoy those performances, too.
Kodo Joins Sayuri Ishikawa for 45th Anniversary Commemorative Recital Tour (Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo)
On Oct. 7, we welcomed the Myojo Gakuen Wadaiko Club to perform as our special guest at the “Kodo Interactive Performance” at Mitaka City Public Hall in Tokyo. Myojo Gakuen is the alma mater of cast member Kenta Nakagome. Here is a message Kenta wrote in the lead up to the performance.
All of a sudden, thirteen years have passed since I graduated from high school.
I look back and wonder how I felt back then when I played taiko.
I went to Myojo Gakuen because I wanted to play taiko, and naturally that is the reason I moved to Sado Island, too.
I wonder how the current wadaiko club sounds,
and I wonder how Kodo’s performance and sound will resonate with them.
I am happy to be able to return to this familiar place to play taiko.
I hope everyone who joins us there will enjoy the unique sound we create together with our drums and hearts.
I am looking forward to it.
Kodo Interactive Performance 2017 with Guest Appearance by Myojo Gakuen Wadaiko ClubOct. 7 (Sat), 2017 Mitaka City Public Hall, Mitaka, Tokyo
When I joined Kodo, I never imagined I would be given the chance to wear kumadori stage makeup or perform the traditional hair whip (kefuri) shown in the photo above! When I appear on stage in the role of shishi (beast), I perform each and every hair whip with great care.
Photo: Takashi Okamoto
Tamasaburo Bando x Kodo Special Performance “Yugen” (Japan)
Yoshie Abe is currently taking part in “Cross Transit,” an international collaborative production led by choreographer and dancer Akiko Kitamura. It is a creative project that brings artists together from Japan and around Asia.
After their rehearsals this week at Kodo Village, tomorrow the Cross Transit artists will present a 30-minute demonstration of this unique work at Sado Island Taiko Centre. If you’re in the area, please come along! It’s free admission and reservations are not required.
Date & Time: Sep. 6 (Wed), 2017 16:30–17:00
Venue: Sado Island Taiko Centre Main Hall
*Preschoolers are welcome, too.
On August 30, 2017, Niigata Prefecture Deputy Governor Mr. Hiroshi Masuda visited us at Sado Island Taiko Centre.
Tomohiro Mitome welcomed Deputy Governor Masuda with a performance on our “au naturel” Kodo-crafted taiko, Yamaimo-kun (a.k.a. Spuddy), and then we invited our special guest to have a go playing the big drum.
When we talked to the deputy governor about the “EXADON” programme, which combines taiko drumming with healthcare to help prevent the onset of dementia in senior citizens, he remarked, “I think that will make everyone feel well.” Deputy Governor Masuda took a look through the Rokusuke Ei exhibition upstairs and he was enthusiastic to hear our staff tell him all about it. We look forward to seeing him again and we hope he will bring his family with him next time.
Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan)