“Ready for the 2018 ‘Michi’ Japan Tour” by Naomi Iseki

June 8, 2018Photo: Erika Ueda
Photo: Erika Ueda
Today we had our dress rehearsal at Kyoto-fu Chutan Bunka Kaikan in Ayabe, Kyoto. We have been working tirelessly to create and rehearse this programme and now it’s time to share it with audiences all over Japan. See you at a theater near you!

Kodo Special Concert 2018 “Michi” Japan Tour

“Hatsune Miku x Kodo Rehearsals on Sado” by Yuki Hirata

Photo: Erika Ueda

Recently we had rehearsals at Kodo Village for the upcoming “Hatsune Miku x Kodo Special Live Performance 2018” on June 2 & 3 at Shibuya’s NHK Hall.

Photo: Erika UedaPhoto: Erika UedaHatsune Miku band members and staff came to Sado Island for two days. The energy that filled the hall as we rehearsed felt as if it was a actual performance.

Photo: Erika Ueda

These practices strongly bonded Hatsune Miku, her band, Kodo, and the team of staff. Our sense of unity has increased since last year, something you’re sure to notice when you see us on stage together.

Photo: Erika UedaPhoto: Erika Ueda

I really want you all to experience this energy! You can all look forward to a lot of new pieces on the lineup this time!

By the way, last year I made my debut on the Kodo stage at “Hatsune Miku x Kodo,” so it was an especially memorable performance for me. I am so excited for this year’s collaboration, too. I simply can’t wait.

Please join us for the next stage of Hatsune Miku and Kodo’s collaborative journey!

Photo: Erika Ueda

See here for tickets! (Japanese website)

Hatsune Miku x Kodo Official Website (Japanese website)

This is NIPPON Premium Theater “Hatsune Miku x Kodo Special Live Performance 2018”

“An Encore Performance with Bac Ha” by Atsushi Sugano

At Earth Celebration 2016, Kodo collaborated for the first time with Bac Ha, a traditional music ensemble from Vietnam. This week, Bac Ha is coming back to Japan for the first time in two years to collaborate with Kodo again.

Photo: Atsushi SuganoThe 2018 collaboration will be directed by Yuta Sumiyoshi, shown here during his first-ever visit to Hanoi in December last year. He got a taste of Vietnam and enjoyed rehearsals and exchange throughout his immersive stay.

Photo: Atsushi Sugano

Photo: Atsushi SuganoIt is such a pleasure for Kodo to introduce the artists we meet on our travels to audiences in Japan. Bac Ha arrives in Japan today and after rehearsals at Kodo Village this week, Kodo will give a performance with them in Niigata City on May 26.

We hope to see you there!

May 26 (Sat), 2018 Kodo Select Ensemble Appearance at “Earth Celebration Collaboration: Kodo & Bac Ha” –NST 50th, Ryutopia 20th, & Japan-Vietnam Diplomatic Relations 45th Anniversary Commemorative Event (Niigata City)

 

“Where Kodo’s Sound Begins” by Eri Uchida

We currently have seventeen Kodo apprentices after welcoming a group of new entrants to Kodo Apprentice Centre at the beginning of April. The first day of training for the new first years was making and shaping bachi (taiko drumsticks).

Photo: Eri Uchida

Under Tomohiro Mitome’s instruction, they learn why they make their own bachi, and the step-by-step process of bachi making, from how to choose the wood to whittling the wood into shape. The things they learn are packed with the wisdom that Mitome has gained from his own experience of trial and error making bachi to date with his own two hands.

“When you make bachi, you are crafting your sound”

The local carpenter who joined the lesson to teach them how to sharpen their planes said,
“If your equipment works well, you can do your job well.”

Those words are painfully true, I thought.

Photo: Eri Uchida

Bachi making is not a skill we can master in one day, no matter how clearly we are taught.

Life gets busier as the days go by at Kodo Apprentice Centre. I wonder how much time they can make for themselves to practice what they are being told and embody those lessons.

Photos: Eri UchidaThe roots. The fundamentals. The essence of things.
That is what we all learn at the Apprentice Centre.
It reminded me that I mustn’t forget these foundations, regardless of the experience I gain traveling the world and appearing on stage.

 

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“Europe Evolution Tour Finale!” by Mio Teycheney-Takashiro

Apr. 2, 2018

After nine weeks on the road with “Evolution” throughout Europe, we held our tour finale in Moscow, Russia.

Photo: Mio Teycheney-TakashiroWe were so happy to end the tour with an audience of over 2,500 people enthusiastically yelling “Bravo!” after our performance. Thank you very much to everyone who came to see our performances in Europe over the past two months. See you all again in two years, if not before!

Photos courtesy of Mio Teycheney-Takashiro, Production Manager

Director:

Tamasaburo Bando

Cast:

“Kodo One Earth Tour 2018: Evolution” Europe Tour


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