We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of “Kodo Together”—a new ground-breaking work curated by Kodo and Pitch & Sync.
This album, set for release on July 9, showcases the boundless versatility of Kodo’s music through collaborations with an eclectic mix of leading international artists from different genres and corners of the globe, including Jamaica, Iceland, Italy, India, the U.S.A., South Africa, and the U.K.
Collaborating artists include: ELKKA, RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, KEVIN SAUNDERSON & JUSTIN CHOLEWSKI, ANDREA BELFI, EQUIKNOXX, SKREAM
Ahead of the official launch, you can already listen to the opening track, Shinogi, which unites Kodo with one of the original dubstep pioneers and Magnetic Man co-founder Skream.
The next single released in advance is Elkka and Kodo’s Pawā, which premiered on Resident Advisor on May 26th, 2021.
Comments from Kodo
Yuta Sumiyoshi (Kodo Member)
Pushing the musical capabilities of taiko is not just a mission for Kodo, but also something I live by.
Through these collaborations with talented artists from around the world, we hope to showcase the musical potential and possibilities of the taiko.
Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga (Kodo Member)
We are very excited and extremely grateful for this opportunity to work on this project with Pitch & Sync and artists from all over the world.
Kodo has toured around the globe under the banner “One Earth” for 40 years; a theme that embodies Kodo’s desire to not only transcend language and cultural boundaries, but to also remind the audience of the common bonds we all share as human beings.
We truly believe in the power of our drums, and this opportunity to collaborate with artists worldwide has further bolstered our belief that music and arts have the power to change the world.
We look forward to showcasing the musical capabilities of Kodo, and our wish is that we can share our philosophy of One Earth with people far and wide.
Takuro Susaki (President, Kitamaesen Co., Ltd)
With Pitch & Sync as a catalyst, Kodo met many talented artists through this project. Each encounter generated a spectrum of light and energy. Throughout the process, it was exciting to watch these sparks meld together to create new music. We hope that this global music reaches many people, transcending differences in language, race, and culture.
“Kodo Together” has released to stream from July 9th. The tracklist for Part 1 is below, and Part 2 tracks will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Kodo Together Tracklist (Part 1)
Andrea Belfi – In The Horse Stable Of The Sphinx
Elkka – Pawā
Rufus Wainwright – You Came To Me
Sarathy Kowar – Kalak
Tokio Myers – Victory
Skream – Shinogi
Tlale Makhene – Ye Gamo
Equiknoxx – Miami Vice Chancellor (feat. Gavsborg & Shanique Marie)
Frank Zummo – Zeus & Poseidon
Kevin Saunderson & Justin Chowleski – Before The Storm