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A promotional video for new DVD Kodo “Legend” has just been created! This DVD is the recording of “Kodo One Earth Tour: Legend” at Asakusa Public Hall in 2013 and will go on sale on June 21.
Here is the video:
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery” is currently on tour in Japan, so we hope you will enjoy “Mystery” live at a theater near you and “Legend” at home on DVD.
This DVD will go on sale on the first day of our performances in Asakusa this month, June 21, and will be available exclusively at Kodo performance venues and from the Kodo Online Store.
Earth Celebration 2014 merchandise is on sale now.
[T-shirt] EC 2014 #2 Turquoise
Print: Gradation from white to purple (front), white (back)
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Earth Celebration 2014 Official Goods
For orders in English, please contact the Kodo Online Store by email.
Kodo Online Store http://kodo.shop.multilingualcart.com/
We are happy to announce our new Kodo Mystery tour t-shirts in spring colors. They are made of tri-blend fabric and available in four colors: vintage heather blue, purple, pink and red. The triangular uroko design and Kodo calligraphy (the same as seen on the lanterns we use on stage) are printed in white.
Kodo “Mystery” T-shirts in blue, purple, pink and red
For orders in English, please contact the Kodo Online Store by email. Email: email@example.com
Kodo Online Store
CD “Yamazu Megurumo”
An Interview with Yoko Fujimoto by Johnny Wales
On March 3rd Yoko Fujimoto released her 2nd solo album ‘Yamazu Megurumo’ (Circle of Life) with Otodaiku. You can order her CD at the Kodo Online Store.
The seed for this project was when my mother in Tokyo became ill and I wondered what I could best do for her living so far away. Well, for me, that is singing. So that’s how it began, a private thing for mum.
I began to think about how life is one long continuous line from time immemorial to now. And relationships – just when you think one might be over – What?! It’s started up again! The ties that bind are re-tied. I wanted to express in song how extraordinary a thing life is, how it renews itself, carrying on in a never-ending cycle. I will be happy if – in some small way – these songs serve as a comfort and encouragement to people who hear them. Incidentally, mum is much better now.
I saw a wonderful Italian movie, “L’uomo che verrà” (The Man Who Will Come) in which an 8 year old girl and her newborn brother are left alone in a mountain village in Italy during the war. Her other little brother had died in her arms the year before and from that shock she lost her ability to speak. She resolves to do anything and everything she can to protect him. The movie ends with her finding her voice by breaking into a lullaby to her little brother. Even this tiny, seemingly powerless girl found the strength to carry on the line of life. And so it has ever been. This power that has allowed our race to continue to this day. So I wrote a poem about that. Then I learned the traditional Italian lullaby from the movie and began singing it.
As it happened last year was a very confusing time for me, there were so many changes in my life. I was even thinking about quitting singing for good. A close friend said to me, ‘Stop being confused! You have been blessed with the chance to sing with Kodo for 30 years, stop whining!’ She opened my eyes. I showed her my poem. She said, ‘You should do this! Make this into a song!’. That friend who helped is an abstract painter. I wanted to use one of her paintings on the CD cover. She asked me the name of the CD project and I told her, ‘Circle of Life’ and she said, ‘Wait there!’ and disappeared into another room. She reappeared with a smallish painting and said ‘This is my favourite painting! And its called ‘Circle of Life’ (Meguru Inochi). That settled it.
I first recorded the songs with no accompaniment and sent them to Shunsuke Kimura who laid down the accompaniment. He played fue (bamboo flute) and some Japanese percussion, and added other musicians on Tsugaru shamisen, wadaiko, 13 and 17 string kotos, world music percussion and violin. ▶ read more