“Shunpuu” Kodo Performance Videos
These performance videos are for reference only. Feel free to change and arrange the formation, instruments, and composition.
In the videos below, the bamboo flutes we are playing are: shinobue happon-choshi (#8) utamono (song type)
You can use other flutes as long as all players use the same type.
These video resources will help you learn each part.
[Shunpuu] Ohira-daiko (Hirado-daiko) and Shime-daiko https://youtu.be/gyFiQIuZdwA
[Shunpuu] Shinobue (bamboo flute) https://youtu.be/AfKe7fZJi_U
[Shunpuu] Nagado-daiko (Miya-daiko) https://youtu.be/RNIPtl6rsWE
[Shunpuu] Katsugi Okedo (barrel drum with shoulder strap) and Jangara (cymbals) https://youtu.be/SsAgjwaF8BY
Message from the Composer
Shunpuu ya, toshi idakite, oka ni tatsu
A haiku by Kyoshi Takahama
(Translation: Spring wind, fighting spirit, standing thus on a hill)
When I was a student, I happened upon this haiku and, for some reason or other, it stayed with me. I used the theme of this poem to compose “Shunpuu.” The haiku is filled with determination that gives the reader a sense of bravery, and even breeziness. I hope people feel powerful and invigorated when they play Shunpuu and when they hear it.
I’d like to take this opportunity to share a few of my thoughts about this new initiative, Kodo One Earth Music. In the taiko community right now, there seems to be a lot of people who learn from one master or teacher. So when it comes to playing a song that someone else created, they may feel a little reluctant for reasons other than performance rights. I hope sharing pieces that anyone is free to play helps remove those invisible barriers. When we perform other people’s compositions, we can experience different values. So little by little, if taiko players exchange their values and feelings, I believe this will lead to the future development of taiko music.
You can’t talk about taiko in terms of relative merit. Just because someone’s taiko playing is technically accomplished, that doesn’t mean it’s enjoyable. And not all musical taiko pieces or performances induce strong emotions. So as taiko players, what should we do? What should we learn and share through this unique instrument? I want us all to sense, think, and discuss that together while we enjoy playing taiko. I’ve put those hopes into this piece that I’ve shared with you all.
Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble
About Kodo One Earth Music
Kodo One Earth Music compositions are original pieces composed by Kodo, created so people around the world can enjoy playing our music more freely. Anyone, anywhere, any time.
To help make it easier for many people to learn and perform this music, we have:
・posted Kodo One Earth Music reference videos on YouTube.
・made free downloadable sheet music available.
・relaxed some of the usage restrictions, such as the need to request copyright permission.
Kodo One Earth Music Around the World
We love seeing videos of people around the world playing Kodo One Earth Music.
We’d like to share these with our followers via our website and on social media.
Please share your videos with these hashtags: #kodoshunpuu #kodouneri #kodoharuka #oneearthmusic
And tag us: @kodoheartbeat
Inquiries about Kodo One Earth MusicQuestions about Kodo One Earth Music? Contact us using this form.
Header Photo: Members of Shido, Mihara-shichi Elementary School (Awaji Island, Hyogo), performing with Kodo.