Kodo

“Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world.” (Boston Globe)

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Overview

HarrisonParrott is proud of its long association with Kodo for whom it has arranged tours since 1996. Based on Sado Island in northern Japan, this internationally-renowned group of drummers made their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981 and have been dazzling audiences worldwide since then. The ensemble strive to both preserve and reinterpret traditional Japanese performing arts in a spectacular theatrical show which encompasses everything from energetic physically-charged ensemble drumming to smaller groups and soloists featuring a variety of authentic percussion instruments as well as flute, shamisen and dance. In 2012 Kodo announced the realisation of a new vision with its appointment of Kabuki legend, Tamasaburo Bando, their new Artistic Director. They subsequently gave four performances of a new work, “DADAN”, directed by Tamasaburo Bando at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris to great critical acclaim and a re-invitation was forthcoming immediately for 2014. Following its 2016 premiere in Tokyo, their latest production, “Evolution” is presented abroad in 2018 for the first time. This performance showcases the perpetual creative evolution of Kodo under the artistic direction of Tamasaburo Bando.

HarrisonParrott is proud of its long association with Kodo for whom it has arranged tours since 1996. Based on Sado Island in northern Japan, this internationally-renowned group of drummers made their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981 and have been dazzling audiences worldwide since then. The ensemble strive to both preserve and reinterpret traditional Japanese performing arts in a spectacular theatrical show which encompasses everything from energetic physically-charged ensemble drumming to smaller groups and soloists featuring a variety of authentic percussion instruments as well as flute, shamisen and dance. In 2012 Kodo announced the realisation of a new vision with its appointment of Kabuki legend, Tamasaburo Bando, their new Artistic Director. They subsequently gave four performances of a new work, “DADAN”, directed by Tamasaburo Bando at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris to great critical acclaim and a re-invitation was forthcoming immediately for 2014. Following its 2016 premiere in Tokyo, their latest production, “Evolution” is presented abroad in 2018 for the first time. This performance showcases the perpetual creative evolution of Kodo under the artistic direction of Tamasaburo Bando. 

Since 2000, HarrisonParrott has organised the following tours for Kodo:

2018 – One Earth Tour – Evolution, with a 5 concert tour of the UK and one concert in Helsinki

2016 – One Earth Tour marking their 35th anniversary, with 2 concerts in Rotterdam and Eindhoven and a 9 concert tour of the UK & France

2014 – concerts in Paris, Uppsala & Helsinki, as well as an 8 concert tour of the UK & Eire

2012 – as well as the four concert residency at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, two concerts at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and a concert in Sweden 

2010 - a 19 concert tour of the UK & Eire plus a concert in Helsinki

2009 - a tour of Europe including concerts in Zagreb, Istanbul, Izmir, London and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

2008 - two concerts in Buenos Aires as part of their tour to South America and a nine concert tour of the UK & Eire

2006 - a thirteen concert tour of the UK & Eire

2004 - a seven concert tour of the UK & Eire including a four-concert, sold out residency at the Royal Festival Hall

2001 - a four-concert tour of Estonia and Finland

2000  - an eleven concert tour of the UK & Eire, including a five-concert residency at the Barbican, London

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Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Reviews

“Kodo’s stage shows are elaborate affairs: carefully lit, designed and choreographed.“ (Financial Times, January 2016) 

“These are performances of technical virtuosity that few can match. The whole performance culminated in a splendid ensemble piece blending skill and humour, with the drummers so obviously enjoying themselves it was infectious.”(Pandemonium website, Barbican review, February 2016) 

“This was an amazing evening from the whole group of 15 performers and the Barbican rose in tribute at the end of a vibrant exhibition of drumming.“ (London Theatre, Barbican review, February 2016)

“Kodo’s stage shows are elaborate affairs: carefully lit, designed and choreographed.“ (Financial Times, January 2016) 

“These are performances of technical virtuosity that few can match. The whole performance culminated in a splendid ensemble piece blending skill and humour, with the drummers so obviously enjoying themselves it was infectious.”(Pandemonium website, Barbican review, February 2016) 

“This was an amazing evening from the whole group of 15 performers and the Barbican rose in tribute at the end of a vibrant exhibition of drumming.“ (London Theatre, Barbican review, February 2016)

“The sound of thunder returns. That celebrated sequence known as odaiko, where semi-naked performers hammer themselves into a frenzy on a single gigantic drum, is always the most eye-catching part of a performance by the Japanese percussion troupe Kodo. Just one beat is enough to loosen your vertebrae. A bludgeoning cascade — a test of stamina if ever there was one — almost splinters the walls of the auditorium.” (Clive Davis, The Times, February 2014)

“…their music was electrifying…acoustic magic.” (The Independent, June 2009)

“Lavish costumes, huge drums, and Kodo's legendary precision and power deliver an exotic synthesis.” (Time Out, June 2009)

“Superlatives don't really exist to convey the primal power and bravura beauty of Kodo.” (Chicago Tribune, 2009)
 
“Dynamic, electrifying vision… nothing will prepare you for the 1,000 lb. drum assault, the precise timing or the wall of sound. An essential experience.” (Time Out, June 2009)