“Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world.”
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 strives to both preserve and reinterpret traditional Japanese performing arts in a spectacular theatrical show. In 2012 Kodo announced the realisation of a new vision with its appointment of Kabuki legend, Tamasaburo Bando, as their Artistic Director. Under his direction the ensemble has developed even further to encompass 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.
The group have previously won the Gold Disc Award for Japanese Classical Music for Irodori, as well as Japanese Foreign Ministry Award for their overseas tours, the MIDEM Music Video Award at the Cannes Music Festival and the Matsuo Performing Arts award for Japanese Music. Kodo have seen success as recording artists with their releases of albums: Kodo I, Ubu-Suna, Hero, and The Hunted motion picture soundtrack.
Their work as musicians and performers extends further with their development of The Kodo Cultural Foundation. The Foundation was created to bring Kodo together on a larger scale. It runs social educational activities with the local community on Sado Island, as well as hold the Earth Celebration International Arts Festival every year for their home village, inviting other international artists to perform and indulge in cultural ideas.
“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.“
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