50 days to go

Until we see Kodo in concert in Birmingham.

I’ve followed this Japanese drumming – taiko – group for half a lifetime. When I first saw them in Tokyo in 1984 I was absolutely blown away by the physicality, and precision, of their performance. Ever since I’ve made an effort to see them when they were sufficiently near. The Japanese do not do things by halves and Kodo’s devotion to their craft must be seen and experienced to be believed.

They are supreme drummers of course. They also take care to put on a great show – with variety, seamless links, some humour, moments of irresistible fun – all in the mix with visceral drumming. It’s been a few years since they were last in the UK and it’ll be good to see them in February.

I’ve never been interested in CDs or DVDs: very much second best to seeing them live. By the same token youtube is not an ideal medium either; however this introductory clip does provide an overview of what they do, how they do it, and their home on Sado island, Niigata prefecture, Japan

For more on Kodo follow the links to their website or wikipedia.

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