“Hotobashiru” Kodo Performance Videos



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Message from the Composer

“Hotobashiru” is Kodo’s fourth One Earth Music composition.

I wanted to create a piece that captured a sense of energy bursting out from within you. My search for a fitting title led me to the word “hotobashiru,” which means “to burst out” or “gush out.” I used one kanji character to write the title, which adds “to move, jump, pulsate, and skip” to the meaning.

This piece turned out just how I’d hoped: it’s brimming with energy and variety, and it feels like going for a gallop. You can play it with just three people, but if you want to play it with a large group…the more, the merrier!

Everyone can move about when they play this piece, so you can create different formations as it progresses. You can add depth to the piece by changing the direction of the sound and controlling the feel of the speed.
While you could play it just like we do in the demo videos, I think it would be wonderful if every team arranges it for themselves. If they do, their team’s unique qualities will really burst out in their performance. 

That goes for the solo phrases partway through, too! Let your passion gush out, and throw it all back into your taiko playing! I hope you’ll have a lot of fun with it!

Seita Saegusa
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.

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