New Audiovisual Work
by Filmmaker Toshiaki Toyoda
Featuring Koshiro Hino and Kodo
Screening Online until Feb. 28!
Shiver by Ettō is a collaboration between emerging contemporary musician Koshiro Hino and Kodo. This new audio-visual experience is a world of sights and sounds rooted in local culture, featuring new music composed, recorded, and filmed entirely on Sado Island in late 2020.
Shiver with the sounds
In light of the ongoing pandemic, Shiver was produced to provide a unique music experience for audiences around the world to enjoy at home.
Koshiro Hino is a band member and composer of the bands “goat” and “bonanzas,” and also known for various activities such as the solo-project YPY; and Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2021. Their collaboration started out with an email from one of Kodo’s members. All the music was composed after their month-long stay in the Sado Island, and the whole film was recorded and shot on the island, mainly at Kodo Village inside Kodo’s rehearsal hall, amid record-breaking heavy snowfall in December 2020.
Toshiaki Toyoda is the filmmaker who translated Koshiro Hino and Kodo’s collaboration work into a new audio-visual experience. He is also known for the films “Blue Spring” and “Hakai no Hi”. “Hakai no Hi” was his only film shot and released last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was released worldwide on July 24, 2020, which was set to be the first day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The film won the Director’s Award at Italian film festival, Oltre lo specchio 2020, and also received acclaim as the best Japanese film entry.
“Shiver” was produced to provide an unique music experience for audiences to enjoy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This unique 89 min. video work has no dialogue, and it narrates its story with just sound and images.
Note: This project was conducted with strict COVID-19 safety measures in place from start to finish. All cast and crew took PCR tests immediately before filming and recording commenced, confirming negative tests for all involved before proceeding.
Pay-to-view Streaming Available Feb. 5–28, 2021
Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda
Born on March 10, 1969, in Osaka. Toyoda made a debut in the film world in 1991, by scenario for “Ote” (Director Junji Sakamoto). Earned the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award on “Pornostar” where he debuted as a director. Also known for “Blue Spring”, “9 Souls”, “Hanging Garden”, etc.
In 2019, he released the short film, “Noroshi ga Yobu”, and published his autobiography “Hanbun Ikita”.
On April 11, 2020, he released a documentary film “Planetist” set in the Ogasawara Islands, and “The Day of Destruction” in the same year on July 24th.
Photo: Keisuke Nagoshi
Music Composed and Performed by Koshiro Hino & Kodo
Band member and composer of the bands “goat” and “bonanzas”. In addition to the solo electronic music project YPY, Koshiro composes and directs the hybrid orchestra “Virginal Variations”, that fuses classical instruments and electronic sound; and a full-body sensory sound show called “GEIST”, that mixes many speakers and moving performers. He is also active in the ANTIBODIES collective established by Toshio Kajiwara and Yoko Higashino, and is in charge of music for the new stage “Kodokunorenshu” by the former Ishinha.
Owner of a cassette label, “Birdfriend”, that releases underground musicians from Japan and overseas; and label “Nakid”, that releases contemporary/electronic music.
Photo: Dai Fujimura
Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble
Japan is an island country composed of 6,852 islands. From this miraculous country, transcending the age of isolation and crossing the sea that divides the land, Ettō aims to spread awareness of the music, culture, and local lifestyles that have formed them. Ettō is a new type of music video streaming program, rooted in local cultures, that enables artists to travel around Japan, while doing research and passing on their insights.
Musicians: Koshiro Hino, Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble (Yoshie Abe, Kenta Nakagome, Shogo Komatsuzaki, Yuta Sumiyoshi, Ryoma Tsurumi, Issei Kohira, Masayasu Maeda, Kodai Yoshida, Seita Saegusa, Chihiro Watanabe, Taiyo Onoda, Shun Takuma, Sho Nakatani)
Appearance by: Kiyohiko Shibukawa
Kodo Stage Managers & Production Staff: Masafumi Kazama, Takeshi Arai, Miki Yanagisawa, Sorami Ikeyama
Director of Photography: Kenji Maki
Lighting: Naoki Nomura
Production Design: Chihiro Matsumoto
Costume Design: Masataka Hattori, Edo Ichibantai
Hair and Makeup: Kazuta Shirogane
Sound Effects: Masaya Kitada
Sound Recording: Toshihiko Kasai
Recording: Masaru Takahashi
Still Photography: Katsumi Omori
Editor: Takanobu Oki
Producer: Takanobu Oki
Planning/Production: Ettō (Taro Yasuzawa, Mariko Kurose)
Released: Feb. 5, 2021
Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioned Project
“Cultural Arts Profitability Enhancement Project”
Organized by: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Video Industry Promotion Organization, Koinobori