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Internationally renowned taiko masters infuse the ancient tradition with fresh rhythms that move both body and soul.
“Superlatives don’t really exist to convey the primal power and bravura beauty of Kodo.” —Chicago Tribune
Based on Sado Island in northern Japan, Kodo has been dazzling audiences worldwide for over three decades, both preserving and reinterpreting traditional Japanese performance. Evolution showcases the group’s perpetual creative growth and the mesmerizing precision and endurance of the ancient drumming tradition, taiko. With synchronized power and grace, they play everything from small hand-held instruments to the five-foot-wide ō-daiko (called the “king of drums”). Kodo infuses the ancient form with fresh rhythms that move body and soul.
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1-3 & 5: Kodo in “Spiral”, photos courtesy of artist; 4: Kodo in “Ayaori”, photo courtesy of artist