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Mar. 8 “Ebisu Daikoku” Live
Former “The Blue Hearts” drummer Tetsuya Kajiwara and I (Yosuke Oda) joined forces to create a new unit, “Ebisu Daikoku.”
I had been looking forward to March 8, the day of the debut of “Ebisu Daikoku,” for quite a while. Actually, we had been talking about this project for about 4 years, so it was a long wait. Our concept was to form a band rather than just having a jam session. We wanted to create an entire performance together. So we took the time to discover each other’s timing and breathing and how we drum and play taiko. We compared drum and taiko rhythms and found where they intersect and where we had fusion difficulties. We made use of tiny windows of opportunity in our schedules to create pieces and rehearse together. For our debut performance, we invited guitarist Isaku Suzuki to join us.
We powered through the performance with drums roaring like thunder, taiko howling like gales, and the guitar conjuring an array of different scenery throughout. That hour flew by, but I was left with an unforgettable feeling that will remain with me forever.
“Ebisu Daikoku” is a new unit that brings together former “The Blue Hearts” drummer Tetsuya Kajiwara and Kodo’s Yosuke Oda. Their pulsating performance is making its way to Shibuya, Tokyo, this weekend.
Mr. Kajiwara came to Sado Island for from days, from Feb. 23 to 26, to prepare for the performance. I will show you some pictures from their rehearsals.
They created a storm of sound, rhythm, and beats in the large hall as they rehearsed. They demonstrate that there are far more possibilities than you’d think when it comes to drums and taiko. I am sorry that I cannot do their explosive sound justice in pictures.
Please come to Shibuya to feel their sound in person.
See you on March 8 for “Ebisu Daikoku” live!
Ryoko Iwamoto (former Kodo apprentice, staff member since Feb. 2015)
Mar. 8 (Sun), 2015 Yosuke Oda “Ebisu Daikoku” Performance (Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)