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Kodo's One Earth Tour: Evolution


Sunday, February 10, 2019 7:00PM

Kodo's One Earth Tour: <i>Evolution</i>







Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Kodo

Part of the Eclectic Orange Series, sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek

One Earth Tour: Evolution

Part one
Kei Kei, Composed by Yuta Sumiyoshi, 2012
Phobos, Composed by Kenta Nakagome 2009
Mute, Composed by Yosuke Oda 2013
Kusawake, Composed by Yuta Sumiyoshi 2013
O-daiko, Traditional, arranged by Kodo
Monochrome, Composed by Maki Ishii, 1977

Part two
Color, Composed by Masayuki Sakamoto, 2009
Ake no Myojo, Composed by Yosuke Oda, 2012
Yuyami, Composed by Yuta Sumiyoshi, 2013
Ayaori, Composed by Yuta Sumiyoshi, 2016
Rasen, Composed by Tamasaburo Bando, 2016

Kodo – the world’s most celebrated professional taiko drumming troupe – present their program Evolution in North America for the first time, visiting 27 cities in the U.S. and Canada over a span of three months. For decades, Kodo has led the genre of taiko performance with dedication and innovation. With Evolution, Kodo expands to new heights of creative expression, performing on a wide variety of drums with impeccable precision, from the Katsugi Daiko (or “portable taiko”) drums to timpani to the massive 660-pound o-daiko drums. Evolution invites audiences to step into the world of Kodo, created by their past, their present, and their dedication to the future of taiko performing arts. Under the artistic direction of famed Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando, the performance also highlights dance, song and bamboo flute performances, and incorporates surprising visual effects

Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given more than 6,000 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third rehearsing and preparing new material on Sado Island. Kodo strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Beyond this, members on tours and research trips all over the globe have brought back to Sado a kaleidoscope of world music and experiences which now exerts a strong influence on the group's performances and compositions.