–Soul-Stirring, Resounding Kodo–
Kodo Special Concert “Michi” is based on the core repertoire that our ensemble has upheld for almost half a century, since the days of our antecedent group, Sado no Kuni Ondekoza (1971-79).
To create this performance, we look to the signature form found in classic Kodo performances. We extract the quintessential Kodo traits from our group’s rich archives and embody them anew, so we can pass Kodo’s unique DNA on to the next generation. The title “Michi” means a road or path. As we revisit Kodo’s fundamentals for this ongoing performance series, we prepare to spring forth from that solid platform into bold new creative activities.
If you beat a drum, it makes a sound. So, it’s fair to say that we play simple instruments. Yet the sound and echoes created by taiko are colorful and complex. No two sounds emitted from the drums are exactly alike. As you may expect, the person who beats the drum, their physique, age, background, and personality also affect the sound they create with the drums. So, what happens when you combine an instrument like that with an array of drummers who spend their days training together, moving in sync, investigating sound, and crafting sound for expression? The outcome is rich sound that glides over any language barrier to stir humans on an instinctive level. That is why I think there is great potential for our taiko performances to have a positive influence on our ever-diversifying societies.
While we create this programme on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, we are surrounded by lush nature and rich culture and history. When we tour with “Michi,” we will share the sound of taiko with people all along our path throughout Japan and around the world, hoping to expand the circle of empathy and resonance created by taiko to connect as many people as possible.
Yuichiro Funabashi (Kodo Ensemble Leader)
Motofumi Yamaguchi, Eiichi Saito, Tomohiro Mitome, Kenta Nakagome, Maya Minowa, Shogo Komatsuzaki, Koki Miura, Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga, Hayato Otsuka, Mizuki Yoneyama, Issei Kohira, Yuta Kimura, Taiyo Onoda
Motofumi Yamaguchi, Eiichi Saito, Tomohiro Mitome, Kenta Nakagome, Maya Minowa, Shogo Komatsuzaki, Masayasu Maeda, Kodai Yoshida, Seita Saegusa, Yuki Hirata, Chihiro Watanabe, Taiyo Onoda, Shun Takuma
*Motofumi Yamaguchi will be replaced by Yuta Sumiyoshi for the Tochigi and Yamagata performances.
To include Miyake, Monochrome, O-daiko, Yatai-bayashi, and more.
Performance Locations (TBC): Hokkaido, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Tokyo, Aichi, Kyoto
*Details will be updated as they become available.
Photos: Takashi Okamoto
- Jun. 9 (Sat), 2018 Kyoto-fu Chutan Bunka Kaikan, Ayabe, Kyoto
- Jun. 10 (Sun), 2018 Toyokawa-shi Bunka Kaikan, Toyokawa, Aichi
- Jun. 13 (Wed), 2018 Yaizu Cultural Center Large Hall, Yaizu, Shizuoka
- Jun. 16 (Sat), 2018 Kyoto Performing Arts Center Shunjuza, Kyoto City
- Jun. 20 (Wed), 2018 - Jun. 24 (Sun), 2018 Asakusa Public Hall, Taito Ward, Tokyo
- Jul. 14 (Sat), 2018 Tochigi-ken Sogo Bunka Center, Utsunomiya, Tochigi
- Jul. 16 (Mon), 2018 Cybele Arena, Yamagata City
- Jul. 18 (Wed), 2018 Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi, Sendai, Miyagi
- Jul. 26 (Thu), 2018 Wak Wak Holiday Hall (Sapporo Citizens Hall), Sapporo, Hokkaido
- Jul. 29 (Sun), 2018 Hachinohe City Public Hall, Hachinohe, Aomori
- Aug. 1 (Wed), 2018 Alios Iwaki Performing Arts Center (Medium-Sized Theater), Iwaki, Fukushima
- Aug. 3 (Fri), 2018 Hitachinaka City Hall Large Hall, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki
- Aug. 4 (Sat), 2018 Isesaki-shi Bunka Kaikan (Large Hall), Isesaki, Gunma
- Aug. 5 (Sun), 2018 Kodaira Citizens Cultural Hall (Rune Kodaira) Large Hall, Kodaira, Tokyo