It’s April and in Japan that means the start of a new business and school year. I’m sure many of you have had a fresh start in a new environment this month.
We’ve recently finished our North America “Evolution” tour and Interactive Performances in Japan and returned to Sado Island. Right now, we are busy preparing for our upcoming tours and concerts this spring, as well as future works.
From May, we’re going to be touring with “Kodo One Earth Tour 2019: Michi” throughout Japan for the rest of the year.
It’s going to be a soul-stirring, invigorating two-hour program featuring Kodo standards such as Monochrome, Miyake, O-daiko, and Yatai-bayashi. As director, I’ve also included some of my favorite classics like The Hunted and HITOTSU, and we’ve created some brand new numbers, too!
We’ve reworked and refined the content since last year, and we are already looking forward to seeing it evolve with each performance on tour.
The cast ranges from senior to junior Kodo members who all bring their own unique sound and energy to the stage. I really hope you’ll come along to see “Michi” at one of the many theaters on our tour to experience this rousing program firsthand.
Miyake is a very important piece to me. My life as a taiko player wouldn’t be the same without Miyake.
It was watching Kodo play Miyake that made me want to join Kodo.
I first saw Miyake when I was a high school student. I watched the performers push themselves to their limits, brimming with masculine fighting spirit. I thought they were beyond cool!
I’ll never forget that sensation of trembling with excitement from deep within.
Now, I’ve been given the opportunity to play the center position in Miyake.
The excitement I felt way back then… I wonder if our audiences feel like it now.
I really want to give them that sense of excitement, so I will practice harder and harder. I’ll keep giving it my all.