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New Album “Kaden” Now on Sale!

New Album “Kaden” Now on Sale!


Our lastest album “Kaden” went on sale on this week!

“Kaden” features nine compositions from four recent “Kodo One Earth Tour” productions directed by Tamasaburo Bando: Legend, Mystery, Eternity, and Chaos. The tracks were captured with the latest high-resolution audio technology in a recording studio, allowing even the subtlest tones to interweave in unprecedented ways. Like a brand-new theater performance, this album creates a world of sound that promises to captivate and delight.

“Kaden” is available in the lobby at our “Spiral” performances at Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo until Dec. 25. You can also purchase it from Kodo Online Store and at Sado Island Taiko Centre.


Flier PDF (Japanese)

*Until 5pm (GMT+9) on Dec. 26 (Mon), Kodo Online Store is offering free shipping within Japan on all products except taiko & made-to-order products. If you’d like to use this offer, please order online from the Japanese store website or for English orders feel free to contact Kodo Online Store by email: store.eng[at]kodo.or.jp

▼Track Sample: “Kukai” 

“Kaden” at Kodo Online Store in English (for international orders)

Kodo Online Store (Japanese) *Free shipping on domestic orders until 5pm (GMT+9) on Dec. 26, 2016

Kodo Discography | Kaden

Announcing New Kodo Album “Kaden”

New Release: Kodo “Kaden”


Our new album “Kaden” will be released on Dec. 21 (Wed).

“Kaden” features nine original compositions that were created especially for our four recent “Kodo One Earth Tour” productions directed by Tamasaburo Bando: Legend, Mystery, Eternity, and Chaos. In September, we captured the tracks in the latest high-resolution audio at Sony Music Studios Tokyo.



Each piece was honed on stage through numerous performances, then carefully recorded as a unique work in its own right. Each and every instrument shines with clarity thanks to the studio recording and new high-resolution sound. We look forward to sharing this album with you all.

You can listen to samples of all the tracks online by visiting the Japanese webpages below.

Kodo Discography | Kaden

Kodo “Kaden” will be on sale from Dec. 21 at Kodo performance venues in Japan and Kodo Online Store.



Artist Name: Kodo

1. Seiten
2. Yuyami
3. Arrive
4. Toki no Ma
5. Kukai
6. Yogiri – Asayake Gumo
7. Ayaori
8. Kaden
9. Kei Kei

Recorded: Studio recording at Sony Music Studios, Sep. 2016.
Release Date: Dec. 21, 2016
Price: 3,240 yen (tax inc.)
Media Type(s): CD, digital download, audio streaming
Product Code: OD-018
Sales Agency: Otodaiku

“Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2: Tomoshibi” by Motofumi Yamaguchi

Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2: Tomoshibi

On July 10, my second album “Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2: Tomoshibi” was released at long last! Thank you for your patience and support, everyone.

For this album, I didn’t limit myself to playing Japanese songs since I play a Japanese bamboo flute… I decided to include a wide range of songs that I like, ranging from Russian folksongs to American sprituals, from my own originals to Uyghur folksongs.

I invited Mikio Tsuji (eleven-string alto guitar), Yumi Nogami (piano & vocals), and Yoshie Abe (tategoto [vertical koto harp] & vocals) to collaborate with me on the album. They are all such unique performers and they shared their talents without restraint. I chose my bamboo flute, either makobue or shinobue, especially to suit each song… but actually, I really had no choice but to play a shinobue for many of the pieces to suit the delicate tones of Mr. Tsuji’s guitar and Ms. Abe’s harp.


Just like on my first album, the last track is kind of like a bonus track, so to speak. I dedicated this track to the late Akira Nino, the pianist who performed on my debut album. I thought the lyrics of “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” sounded like his inner monologue during his life, so I chose this piece for him. When you listen to it, when the lyrics say the word “Lord,” please think of the word “Music.”

By the way, here’s the word on the street:

“Music these days is all downloadable, cheap and convenient.”
“Not at all, it is better to buy a CD that spins and have a cover to hold and read.”

And here’s what I say:

“One or the other, or both, I don’t mind… just please listen to the music.”


At the “Gin-iro no Kaze” Concert on Dec. 18, 2015. From left: Yumi Nogami, Kosuke Urushikubo (Kodo), Motofumi Yamaguchi, Yoshie Abe, and Mikio Tsuji.


Discography | Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2: Tomoshibi


kodo2[CD] Motofumi Yamaguchi “Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2: Tomoshibi” at Kodo Online Store



July 10 New Release: “Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2: Tomoshibi”

Announcing the July 10 Release of Motofumi Yamaguchi’s Second Solo Album “Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2: Tomoshibi”


All seven of these peaceful, contemplative recordings were created in the naturally serene surroundings of Kodo Village on Sado Island. Centered around the bright, crisp tones of the makobue & shinobue bamboo flutes, “Tomoshibi” floats across a rich sonic landscape: from the intricate harmonics of the eleven-string alto guitar, to a passionate duet where flute and piano intertwine in the Russian folksong, “Огонёк,” also known as “A Little Light” in English & “Tomoshibi” in Japanese. Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2 Tomoshibi also includes the soulful spiritual “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” which is dedicated here to the late Akira Nino, the pianist who performed on the debut “Ikkan Fugetsu” album released in 2009.

Release Date: July 10, 2015

Discography | Ikkan Fugetsu Vol. 2: Tomoshibi

http://www.kodo.or.jp/discography/od012_en.html kodo2

Available from July 10 from Kodo Online Store! http://kodo.shop.multilingualcart.com/goods_en_jpy_80.html

“CD ‘Mono-Prism'” by Kodo Online Store

Over the weekend, Kodo performed Maki Ishii’s masterpiece Mono-Prism with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.


It was wonderful for our ensemble to have the opportunity to perform this piece live with an orchestra again. If you came along and would like to hear it again, or have yet to hear it and are curious, we hope you’ll purchase our Mono-Prism album from the Kodo Online Store.
We also stock an array of Kodo albums that are not often found in stores, so we hope you’ll browse through our discography and see if there is anything else from Kodo that you’d like to add to your collection and playlist. (Shipping internationally is more economical for bulk buys!)

CD Mono-Prism (CD / 1991.10.25 / SRCL 2175)

Live recording of Mono-Prism, a collaborative performance with composer/conductor Maki Ishii and the New Japan Philharmonic.

http://www.kodo.or.jp/store/15_761.html (Japanese store page)

Listen to track samples of Mono-Prism here (Japanese discography page):


kodo2For orders in English, please contact the Kodo Online Store by email: store.eng@kodo.or.jp

Announcement: Upcoming Release of New Album “Mystery”


Kodo will release a brand new album, “Mystery,” on Dec. 19 (Fri). This studio recording captures the essence of the stage production “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery,” directed by Tamasaburo Bando.

All eight tracks are original compositions, each one a piercing ray of light from within a sacred world of darkness. We hope this album takes you on a voyage to the extraordinary, to a mysterious realm that lies in the beyond. Sit back, close your eyes, and let the sound of “Mystery” conjure a wondrous world deep within your mind, where darkness & light intersect and stillness & movement entwine.

Kodo Discography | Mystery
Samples of all tracks available on this page.

Available from Kodo performances venues and Kodo Online Store from Dec. 19.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto


“New Connections & Experiences” by Yoko Fujimoto

This year, I have been on an array of adventures thanks to the birth of my CD, “Yamazu Megurumo.” Right now, I am so happy to have made friends with musicians on Sado.

I performed with harpsichord player Seiko Sato in July, then in September I performed with Masahiro Isono (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Akira Kato (bass), Yoshie Homma (chorus) and a mystery support guitarist.

I have experienced so many new things and I worked hard with them. These were such good experiences! They asked me to hold regular concerts, which makes me so happy to hear. I hope we can perform together again.


Now, I am in Wachi with my mother-in-law & father-in-law.
I will continue my adventures on Sado, in Wachi, and on my travels.
I’m grateful that my in-laws are keeping well!

Kodo Discography



“Kodo ‘Honoka’ [Live] Digital Version Now on Sale” by Kodo PR Team


This live recording from DVD “Kodo Honoka” is available exclusively for online purchase as a digital download.
See here for details: http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20140607honoka_live_en.html

You can take this live album wherever you go on your smart phone. It also features the original recording of “Tomorrow” as a bonus track, which was the encore piece for the stage performance.

We hope you’ll enjoy our current tour “Mystery” live at the theater, the new DVD of our last production “Legend” at home, and this digital download of “Kodo 30th Anniversary One Earth Tour 2011” on your mobile devices. The “Legend” DVD goes on sale on June 21 at our “Mystery” performance in Asakusa, Tokyo.


Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando’s Second Production “Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery”

Kodo DVD “Legend” – On sale June 21, 2014

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