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Thank You for Joining Us for Earth Celebration 2016!


Thank You for Joining Us on Sado Island for Earth Celebration 2016

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Photo: Takashi OkamotoPhoto: Takashi Okamoto

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“Rehearsing for Kodo Fringe at EC” by Yosuke Kusa


Aug. 25, 2016

Photo: Ryoma Tsurumi

We are at Ogi Gym today rehearsing for the first Kodo appearance at EC 2016, which will be on the Fringe stage! We are going to give a super energetic performance to really liven things up, so please come along!

Photo: Ryoma Tsurumi

Photo: Ryoma Tsurumi

Earth Celebration 2016 Fringe Performances

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“Farewell Message” by Kosuke Urushikubo


Farewell Message

I will part ways with Kodo at the end of August to focus on specialized studies of the bamboo flute.

Photo: Erika Ueda

Before I started playing the flute, I had never tried to play other instruments nor been able to entertain people. It is the first instrument I was able to use to make people happy. Since I first started playing the bamboo flute, I have learned about how to play musical instruments, how to interact with people, and I have learned to think about how I can make people feel good. I have learnt to think of others when I play, rather than think of myself. I felt my own sense of purpose in playing the flute and my true identity. The bamboo flute has changed my life greatly, so now my aim is to spend my life connected to music and the bamboo flute.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

I was able to spend four years as a Kodo member on Sado Island thanks to your kind support. Once I leave, I will continue to cheer Kodo on from outside the group and I hope to use what Kodo has taught me to give back to the group someday. I am nervous to think about leaving and my new path, but I will take what I have learned during my time with Kodo and use this invaluable experience to guide and support me as I set off on my new journey.

I would be grateful for your continued support and guidance, too.

Thank you very much.

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[EC 2016] “Rehearsals for ‘Kodo Village Concert’” by Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga


Rehearsals for “Kodo Village Concert”

Photo: Erika Ueda

We have returned to Sado Island after our Kodo 35th Anniversary Concerts at Suntory Hall and leapt straight into rehearsals at Kodo Village with the EC 2016 guest artists from Vietnam! We are collaborating to make new pieces together to perform at Kodo Village Concert on Aug. 26.

Photo: Erika Ueda

Photo: Erika Ueda

We are so curious about each other’s culture and music.

Photo: Erika Ueda

The current atmosphere in the Kodo Rehearsal Hall is both harmonious and electric!

Photo: Erika Ueda

We look forward to sharing this feel-good exchange and collaboration with you all soon at EC.

Photo: Erika Ueda

We are waiting for you all on Sado Island! See you soon!

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Earth Celebration 2016

Aug. 26 (Fri)–28 (Sun), 2016

Sado Island, Niigata

http://www.kodo.or.jp/ec/

https://www.facebook.com/EarthCelebration/


“Spiral” by Maya Minowa


Aug. 8, 2016

Spiral

Photo: Erika Ueda

Photo: Erika UedaPhoto: Erika Ueda

We are rehearsing for our new production, “Kodo One Earth Tour: Spiral” at Kodo Village. The programme weaves both classic Kodo pieces and brand new pieces together. I think our audiences will really enjoy this performance.

Photo: Erika Ueda

 

One of my favorite pieces is “Yuyami,” which almost drifts through a dark landscape on stage.

I look forward to seeing you all at Suntory Hall for the premiere of “Spiral” on Aug. 19.

“Spiral” will tour throughout Japan from Sep. through Dec. this year, so I am also excited to share this programme all over Japan soon!

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

 

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Kodo 35th Anniversary Commemorative Concerts

http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20150917kodo35th_en.html

The next generation of Kodo will take a bold step forward into new frontiers with three mid-summer night concerts in Tokyo. 
*Tickets on sale now for Aug. 18 & 19.
*Aug. 20 performance is SOLD OUT
*Commemorative Concert Sponsors: Suntory Beer Limited, Onkyo & Pioneer Innovations Corporation, POLA INC.


For ticket orders in English, call Ticket Space Tel. 03-3234-9999 (Mon–Sat 10:00–12:00, 13:00–18:00)


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Aug. 18 (Thu) First Night ‒Deai‒ (Encounters)
Featuring: Kodo, New Japan Philharmonic
Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
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Aug. 19 (Fri) Second Night ‒Spiral‒
Director: Tamasaburo Bando
Featuring: Kodo
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Aug. 20 (Sat) Third Night ‒Hisho‒ (Soaring) <<SOLD OUT>>
Director: Tamasaburo Bando
Featuring: Kodo with guest artists Blue Tokyo & Dazzle
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Preview on YouTube https://youtu.be/i091hksFsbs

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“Rehearsals” by Kenta Nakagome


Aug. 5, 2016

Greetings from Summer on Sado Island

 Photo: Takashi Okamoto

We are currently right in the thick of our rehearsals on Sado Island for our upcoming “Kodo 35th Anniversary Commemorative Concerts.”

We are going to make this summer a really lively one! We hope you will come and join us.

 Photo: Takashi Okamoto

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Illustrations: Kenta Nakagome

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news20160818kodo35thKodo 35th Anniversary Commemorative Concerts
http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20150917kodo35th_en.html


The next generation of Kodo will take a bold step forward into new frontiers with three mid-summer night concerts in Tokyo. 
*Tickets on sale now for Aug. 18 & 19.
*Aug. 20 performance is SOLD OUT
*Commemorative Concert Sponsors: Suntory Beer Limited, Onkyo & Pioneer Innovations Corporation, POLA INC.


For ticket orders in English, call Ticket Space Tel. 03-3234-9999 (Mon–Sat 10:00–12:00, 13:00–18:00)
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Aug. 18 (Thu) First Night ‒Deai‒ (Encounters)
Featuring: Kodo, New Japan Philharmonic
Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
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Aug. 19 (Fri) Second Night ‒Spiral‒ <<S-seats sold out>>
Director: Tamasaburo Bando
Featuring: Kodo
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Aug. 20 (Sat) Third Night ‒Hisho‒ (Soaring) <<SOLD OUT>>
Director: Tamasaburo Bando
Featuring: Kodo with guest artists Blue Tokyo & Dazzle
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Preview on YouTube https://youtu.be/i091hksFsbs

 

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Earth Celebration 2016

Aug. 26 (Fri)–28 (Sun), 2016

Sado Island, Niigata

http://www.kodo.or.jp/ec/

https://www.facebook.com/EarthCelebration/


“A Living, Breathing Legacy” by Yuichiro Funabashi


A Living, Breathing Legacy

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Hello, everyone! How are you?
We finished our two-month-long tours last month and we are currently rehearsing at kodo Village, preparing for our back-to-back August performances at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and at Earth Celebration on Sado Island.

Recently, Mr. Isao Tomita and Mr. Rokusuke Ei passed away, which meant two great losses for the Kodo Group. Personally, I barely had the chance to interact with either of them directly, but I know that the generosity and spirit that they gave to the Kodo Group is immeasurable and I believe that their “gifts” will continue to live and breathe within our group.

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Group photo with Mr. Tomita during rehearsals at Kodo Village in 2008

Several years ago, when I was performing at a small theater with Kodo, the curtain rose and there sat Mr. Isao Tomita, smiling in the front row. After the performance, he came and talked to us candidly, happily sharing memories from the time he spent at Kodo Village during the recording of the album he made with Kodo. I also recall that he went on to tell us about his experience of the 1945 Mikawa Earthquake and how there was almost no aid due to the restrictions of the war at the time, nor was there hardly any media coverage of the disaster. At the end of 2015, we told Mr. Tomita that we would perform “Song of the Universe” at our 2016 concert at Suntory Hall, which he composed years ago during his stay at Kodo Village. He was so pleased to hear that and he even gave us some new revisions to make to the piece. Through the sounds he created, I can feel his heart and wonderful musicality.

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Mr. Rokusuke Ei at Kodo Village in 2003

When I was a Kodo apprentice, Kodo held concerts called “Kodo de Asobo” and Mr. Rokusuke Ei was the MC for those performances. I remember that he got the apprentices up on stage with the Kodo members and special guests, and got the whole audience involved in the fun as he ran around the stage between everyone. He often came to Sado Island to attend our performances, too. When we tour, we often go to places that I think I would never have visited if it weren’t for Kodo, and it is invariably in those places where I learn many new things. Our tours are put into practice the advice of folklorist Tsuneichi Miyamoto, who told the founders of our group to go to the regional areas of the country, as far as radio signal reaches, and to report back to Tokyo through the radio waves what we found there. When I think about those words and our connection to Mr. Ei, a radio and television broadcaster, it makes me reflect on our tour and our hopes as we travel and perform all over Japan and the world.

Something that I feel that both Mr. Tomita and Mr. Ei have in common is their strong belief in what they see and experience firsthand, their keen perception of society, and the way they look at people with deep affection.

Lastly, I would like to share a letter with you that Mr. Ei wrote to Kodo.

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“The taiko that you play are beautifully crafted objects, so people can appreciate them sufficiently merely by looking at them. They are works of art.

So, I want you to be like that. Show your presence just by being there, without doing anything.

If you face the drums with that presence, you will realize that you cannot play taiko half-heartedly. Only by facing the taiko with the purity of child will you be able to play those drums properly.

When you have that presence, that purity, you will be ‘children of the drum.’

You will be Kodo.”

Rokusuke Ei


I sincerely hope that Mr. Tomita and Mr. Ei rest in peace.

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Film “The Ondekoza” to Screen at The 73rd Venice International Film Festival


Tai Kato Film ‘The Ondekoza’ to Screen at The 73rd Venice International Film Festival


The 1979 film about Kodo’s antecedent group Sado no Kuni Ondekoza, entitled “The Ondekoza,” has been selected as one of two films from Japan to screen in the Classic Category of the 2016 Venice International Film Festival from Aug. 31 through Sep. 10. The other film from Japan is Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.”

http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/news/22-07.html

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Photo courtesy of Web Cinemas by Shochiku

This screening commemorates the 100th birthday of director Tai Kato. The film will also be shown in Japan from Nov. 19 through 27 at Tokyo Filmex. Further screenings are also being planned.

 

 

 


“Moved to the Core” by Kosuke Urushikubo


Moved to the Core

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Hello, everyone. How are you?
It has become really hot in Japan recently and the cicadas have already started chirping. I was on tour for the past couple of months with the School Workshop & Interactive Performances. We have completed our Spring–Summer 2016 tour and returned to Sado Island last week. I will be leaving Kodo soon, so my final performances will be the 35th Anniversary Commemorative Concerts in Tokyo and at Earth Celebration on Sado this August.

Photo: Ryoko Iwamoto

During my final tour, we mainly performed for school children in Kumamoto, Iwate, Niigata, and Hyogo Prefectures. We encountered a wide range of students on tour. Some of the pupils had never heard taiko before, some of them play taiko regularly, and some of them told us that our performance had made them want to start playing taiko.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

In a world that is becoming more and more modern, I would like for children to not be only interested in the latest or most convenient things. I want them to know about classic or traditional things and then, based upon that knowledge, I want them to consider various new things. This is what I had in mind when I performed at schools on this tour.

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When our performances would end, one student would share their impressions with us on behalf of the student body. I was really happy to hear some of them say things like, “It was my first time hearing taiko and it was interesting,” or “I want to explore Japanese music as well from now on.” At times, I felt my tears join the sweat on my face as they spoke to us.

I mentioned that our performances were mainly in four different prefectures on this tour. And they all have something in common: earthquakes. These four areas have experienced particularly large earthquakes. I heard locals talking about their experiences during and after the earthquakes and it was all unbelievable and unimaginable for me. Some taiko groups lost their practice space and instruments due to the damage from these earthquakes. My heart ached to hear about it all.

Photo: Ryoko Iwamoto

However, the people we met in these places had not lost their smiles. Some of them said to us, “The gods are telling us we can recover from this.” We had a chance to perform for people who were greatly affected by these devastating earthquakes and after our performances some of them said things to us like, “You’ve given me power to face tomorrow,” and “I feel confident again.” Personally, I was so happy to have so many wonderful encounters on my final School Workshop & Interactive Performance tour. I was happy to hear that I was able to help people in even a small way.

Photo: Ryoko Iwamoto
I sincerely hope they will recover from those disasters really soon. I hope our Interactive Performance tour will always continue, too.
Thank you very much to everyone who looked after us throughout our tour.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

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“Minakuchi Bayashi Lecture & Demo at EC” by Eri Uchida


Earth Celebration 2016
Minakuchi Bayashi Lecture & Demo

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This year we will present a Minakuchi Bayashi lecture & demonstration at Earth Celebration! If you’re making the trip all the way to Sado this summer, I hope you’ll join us to take a step even deeper into the world of Japanese performing arts through learning about Minakuchi Bayashi, one of Shiga Prefecture’s intangible folk cultural assets. Come along to hear all about this folk art and watch a demonstration of Minakuchi Bayashi, featuring a few Kodo members, too! Then some attendees will have a chance to play Minakuchi Bayashi with us. This event will be conducted in Japanese, and English support will be provided as required.

 

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The Kodo members who will take part in this event are busy practicing Minakuchi Bayashi in preparation for the demo and Fringe performances. We look forward to seeing you all at Marine Plaza on the second day of EC (Saturday Aug. 27) to enjoy Minakuchi Bayashi.

(PS: It’s air-conditioned so it will be cool and fun!)

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Earth Celebration 2016 (Sado Island, Niigata, Japan)
Aug. 27 (Sat) 14:00–15:30 Minakuchi Bayashi Lecture & Demo at Marine Plaza Ogi (2F)

Facilitator: Eri Uchida (Kodo)

Inquiries: Kodo Ticket Service

  • Tel. 0259-86-2330(Mon–Fri 9:30–17:00)Fax. 0259-86-3631 
  • Email: ticket@kodo.or.jp

Event Details: http://www.kodo.or.jp/ec/en/event/lecture/mizuguchi/


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