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„Kodo“ (Japan)


  • 23’th of March, 7pm - Avia Solutions Group Arena, Vilnius

Kodo 40th Anniversary Commemorative Performance
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2022: Tsuzumi” Europe Tour

Taiko drum ensemble Kodo returns to Lithuania to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special program Tsuzumi. A breath-taking, highly choreographed and dynamic exploration of the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum.

“Tsuzumi” is the first of two commemorative works that will premiere in this milestone year. Kodo means ‘children of the drum’, and tsuzumi is an alternative reading of the kanji character for ‘drum’ in the group’s name.

The programme will feature iconic pieces and artistic direction that Kodo has honed for decades on stage. Coupled with compositions created in recent years, this theatre experience will leave audiences with a profound sense of Sado Island and Japan, as well as the depth and breadth of the Kodo ensemble.

Kodo performs all over the world, regularly appearing in Japan, Europe and the US. It spends about a third of the tour abroad, a third of the concerts in Japan, and the rest of the time on creation and rehearsal. There are over thirty records in Kodo discography today.

Kodo Japonija

The energetic concerts of Kodo combine traditional theatre rituals and contemporary compositions with ancient instruments. There are a lot of tension, angular postures, stylish gestures, wildlife elements such as animal sounds and movements can astonish every listeners, while at the same time maintaining extraordinary finesse, perfect control, tranquillity and peace. The technique they play is completely different from others and no one else create this unique visual sound.

The band performs with three categories of taiko drums, the heaviest o-daiko weights 400 kilograms! During concerts they usually have between 30 and 50 drums on stage. Other traditional elements of Japanese music also play an integral role: instruments such as fue (bamboo flute), shamisen (Japanese banjo), koto (harp) and narimono (metal percussion), as well as dancing and different vocals.

In 2001 Kodo members became the first Japanese artists to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo. The group was officially listed in 2002 FIFA World Cup anthem and performed live at the official concerts of the Cup. In 2003 the world-renowned film HERO drew the attention of filmmakers to Kodo. And in 2006 for the first time, they collaborated on stage with Kabuki master Tamasaburo Bando in the musical dance performance ”Amaterasu”, which encouraged with new forms of percussion and paved the way for more influential scenes including Tokyo's “Kabukiza” Theater.




Main sponsor of the concert: TOYOTA






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