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[Sep. 15–25, 2016] Chieko Kojima Appearance with TaikoProject in “Road to Kumano” (USA)


Chieko Kojima Appearance with TaikoProject in “Road to Kumano” (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

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This month, Chieko Kojima will appear in “Road to Kumano” a collaborative work with TaikoProject in Los Angeles. If you’re in the area, we hope you’ll come along!

 

Sep. 15 (Thu), 16 (Fri), 17 (Sat), 18 (Sun), 22 (Thu), 23 (Fri), 24 (Sat), 25 (Sun), 2016

(10 performances)

David Henry Hwang Theater, East West Players, Los Angeles, California, USA

Doors Open: TBA

Dates & Start Times
Sep. 15 (Thu) 20:00
Sep. 16 (Fri) 20:00
Sep. 17 (Sat) 14:00 & 20:00
Sep. 18 (Sun) 14:00
Sep. 22 (Thu) 20:00
Sep. 23 (Fri) 20:00
Sep. 24 (Sat) 14:00 & 20:00
Sep. 25 (Sun) 14:00

Price: $30–$50

Ticket Availability: Now on sale

Venue Website: http://www.eastwestplayers.org

Event URL: http://www.eastwestplayers.org/on-the-stage/road-to-kumano/

Inquiries: TaikoProject http://taikoproject.com


“KASA MIX 2016″ by Yui Kawamoto


KASA MIX 2016

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

Rumored to be “life-changing,” this biennial program called KASA MIX is an intensive program designed for taiko players from outside of Japan.

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

With the current growth of the international taiko culture and community, the KASA MIX participants have gathered from countries all over the world such as  United States, Canada, England, Argentina.

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

When they arrived on Sado, the KASA MIX participants joined our apprentices in their unique lifestyle at the Kodo Apprentice Centre.

Photo: Yui KawamotoPhoto: Yui Kawamoto

They participated in every aspect, from the early morning workout to eating meals, cleaning, and taking baths together.

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

Photo: Yui KawamotoPhoto: Yui Kawamoto

They took a variety of different workshops from our veteran Kodo performing members, and experienced the great seasonal nature of Sado.

Photo: Yui KawamotoPhoto: Yui Kawamoto

Timing worked out perfectly to observe one of the practices of ondeko (demon drumming) in the Iwakubi community, and had the opportunity to learn an ondeko dance themselves, from the Kasuga community in the latter half of their stay.

Photo: Yui KawamotoPhoto: Yui Kawamoto

And of course, they enjoyed everything else that this island has to offer.

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

Photo: Yui KawamotoPhoto: Yui Kawamoto

Gathering from all over the world, the participants were able to share with us some taiko stories from their country or area.

The different reasons, history, spirit and culture that each person had shared with us have opened up a bigger world for our young apprentices who had no knowledge on the taiko culture outside of Japan.

As they discovered their new findings of taiko in the world, it looked to me that they found another reason to strive to become a Kodo performing member.

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

KASA MIX has come to an end once again with very warm and heart-filling memories through this short time we had together on Sado island.

As one of the staff members for this program, I was very moved by the unification we have created through taiko, which brought a sense of nostalgic comfort to my heart.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year! We look forward to seeing you again somewhere in this world.

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

Next one is coming up again in two years! To all taiko enthusiasts all over the world, we look forward to having you here on Sado for our next KASA MIX!


“The Interactive Performance Tour Begins!” by Akiko Ando


The Interactive Performance Tour Begins!

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This is my fifth year on stage with Kodo and my first time performing on the School Workshop & Interactive Performance tour. Our first performance was at a school in Shinjo, Yamagata, last week.

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The atmosphere and dialect of the Tohoku region made me feel nostalgic for my hometown area, Akita Prefecture.

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I will tour with this cast until December this year. I hope you will come along and see our performance. I think it has a unique sound and feel that only the seven of us could create!

 

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Kodo Interactive Performances

Sep.–Nov. 2016 (Japan)
http://www.kodo.or.jp/oet/index_en.html#schedule26b


“‘Spiral’ Tour Sets Off!” by Hayato Otsuka


Sep. 1, 2016

“Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Spiral” Tour Sets Off!

This morning, it felt like autumn weather had arrived as we set off on our Japan tour with “Kodo One Earth Tour: Spiral,” given a farewell taiko serenade by some of the members remaining on Sado.

Photo: Erika UedaPhoto: Erika Ueda

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We look forward to seeing you all at theaters all over Japan soon!

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About “Spiral”

http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20160900oet_en.html

Schedule

http://www.kodo.or.jp/oet/index_en.html#schedule26a

Performances in Tama, Tokyo (Sep. 17 & 18)

http://www.kodo.or.jp/oet/20160917-18a_en.html


“Kodo One Earth Tour: Spiral” Cast & Crew Prepare for Japan Tour


Photo: Erika Ueda

After Earth Celebration and Ogi Minato Matsuri, today the cast of new production “Spiral” had their final pre-tour run-through rehearsal. The first domestic tour of this work is about to begin!

“Spiral” premiered at Suntory Hall on Aug. 19 as one of Kodo’s 35th Anniversary Commemorative Concerts. Next, we look forward to sharing this performance with audiences in 36 cities nationwide from September through December. Please come along to see us at a theater somewhere soon!

Photo: Takashi OkamotoPhoto: Takashi Okamoto

“Spiral” Premiere at Suntory Hall (Photos: Takashi Okamoto)

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“Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Spiral” Japan Tour
http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20160900oet_en.html


Thank You for Joining Us for Earth Celebration 2016!


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

Photo: 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


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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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