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“New Compositions for Kodo Special Concert 2017 ‘Michi’: #4 Kani Moon” by Mitsuru Ishizuka


New Compositions for Kodo Special Concert 2017 “Michi”: #4 Kani Moon

The seaside at night on Sado Island is very quiet.
All you can hear is the sound of waves… or so you may think.
If you listen veeeery carefully, you can hear little commotions all over the place…

Photo: Narumi Matsuda

Well, well, what’s going on then?

I hope you will tune in to find out!

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Director:

Mitsuru Ishizuka

Performers:

Motofumi YamaguchiEiichi SaitoTomohiro MitomeYuichiro FunabashiMitsuru IshizukaKenta NakagomeTsuyoshi MaedaMaya MinowaShogo KomatsuzakiKoki MiuraTomoe MiuraMizuki Yoneyama

*Cast is subject to change without notice.

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Kodo Special Concert 2017 “Michi” (Japan)

  • Mar. 18 (Sat), 2017 [14:00] Fussa Shimin Kaikan Dai-Hall (Mokusei Hall), Fussa, Tokyo
  • Mar. 19 (Sun), 2017 [16:30] Kodaira Citizens Cultural Hall (Rune Kodaira Dai-Hall), Kodaira, Tokyo
  • Mar. 20 (Mon/Public Hol.), 2017 [16:30] Ota Kumin Hall Apricot Dai-Hall, Ota Ward, Tokyo
  • Mar. 25 (Sat), 2017 [13:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City
  • Mar. 25 (Sat), 2017 [18:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City
  • Mar. 26 (Sun), 2017 [13:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City

About Kodo Special Performance “Michi”


“New Compositions for Kodo Special Concert 2017 ‘Michi’: #3 Kipopo” by Mitsuru Ishizuka


New Compositions for Kodo Special Concert 2017 “Michi”: #2

Kipopo

Along with Shiun, which I introduced in a previous post, Maya Minowa composed this new piece for “Michi.”
This piece is like Maya: it’s happy with a cheerful, light melody and a strong taiko ensemble.

Photo: Narumi Matsuda

What do you think the mysterious name “Kipopo” means?

What kind of scenery will you imagine when you hear this piece?
Come along to the theater and find out for yourself!

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Director:

Mitsuru Ishizuka

Performers:

Motofumi YamaguchiEiichi SaitoTomohiro MitomeYuichiro FunabashiMitsuru IshizukaKenta NakagomeTsuyoshi MaedaMaya MinowaShogo KomatsuzakiKoki MiuraTomoe MiuraMizuki Yoneyama

*Cast is subject to change without notice.

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Kodo Special Concert 2017 “Michi” (Japan)

  • Mar. 18 (Sat), 2017 [14:00] Fussa Shimin Kaikan Dai-Hall (Mokusei Hall), Fussa, Tokyo
  • Mar. 19 (Sun), 2017 [16:30] Kodaira Citizens Cultural Hall (Rune Kodaira Dai-Hall), Kodaira, Tokyo
  • Mar. 20 (Mon/Public Hol.), 2017 [16:30] Ota Kumin Hall Apricot Dai-Hall, Ota Ward, Tokyo
  • Mar. 25 (Sat), 2017 [13:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City
  • Mar. 25 (Sat), 2017 [18:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City
  • Mar. 26 (Sun), 2017 [13:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City

About Kodo Special Performance “Michi”


“It’s Freezing Cold in America, but US DADAN Is on Fire!!!” by Koji Miyagi


Mar. 18, 2017

It’s Freezing Cold in America, but US DADAN Is on Fire!!!

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

We are currently in Richmond, Virginia, which is right next to Washington D.C.!!

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

The US DADAN Tour started over a month ago in Yakima, Washington, and we have traveled over 4500km from West to East! This tour has drawn near its end and we were hoping that Spring would draw closer… but instead, it is still freezing cold in mid-March!

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

In front of the theater in Greencastle

For me, it has been about three years since the last time I was in the States. I spent about ten years of my childhood in a town called Ridgewood, New Jersey. After graduating high school, I decided to leave NJ to start a new life in Tokyo and also learn more about taiko. After I graduated university in Tokyo, I decided to apply for Kodo’s Apprentice Centre, hoping to become a member of Kodo. I totally did not expect to come back to the States so soon, as my US resident status ended when I became a Kodo apprentice.
Fortunately, I got to come back to the US this year and reunite with many friends that I haven’t seen for years. It almost felt like having a little reunion after our shows. The most memorable moment of this tour was having my high school music teachers and colleagues come to see our performance in New York. It brought me back many memories from my high school days.

 

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

During the tour, I got to travel many places where it felt like I was back at home, and there were also places that was very new to me. Having the chance to travel to different places like Arizona, Washington, and Illinois, was very new and exciting for me. From this tour, I realized how the culture and people can be so different, depending on where I go. Although the places we visit belong to the same country, each place evokes so many different thoughts and gives me different inspiration.

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

We have not only given performances in theaters but also workshops for students and local taiko groups around the States. Looking at the faces of the participants, I saw their strong love of taiko and motivation, just like the taiko lovers in Japan.

 

Photo: Yui Kawamoto

A special party to celebrate Kodo’s 35th anniversary with San Jose Taiko, KASA, and friends from the North American Taiko Community

I also learned that taiko can be a very powerful communication tool that can facilitate exchange between people, regardless of political conflicts or cultural differences. 

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With our US truck driver Donnie in New York

There are only a few performances left, but DADAN members are very excited to bring the heat and rock the stage for the rest of the tour!!

Photo: Akiko Umegaki

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“DADAN 2017″ –Kodo 35th Anniversary Production– (USA)

Jan.–Mar. 2017
Production Details

打男 DADAN 2017 アメリカツアー

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ANA DADAN 2017

 


“New Compositions for Kodo Special Concert 2017 ‘Michi’: #2 Gunjo” by Mitsuru Ishizuka


New Compositions for Kodo Special Concert 2017 “Michi”: #2 
Gunjo

Techincally speaking, this is not a new piece. However, it has only been performed twice at Earth Celebration, so it will be performed outside Sado Island for the first time in “Michi.”

Photo: Narumi Matsuda

Gunjo means ultramarine blue.
Imagine the sparkling ultramarine blue of the summer sea stretching out in front of you.
This piece was created to depict the exhilarating feeling of wanting to run out to sea and the sensation of sprinting.

It’s only March, but this piece will make you feel like it’s mid-summer on Sado Island!
I hope you’ll look forward to hearing it!

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Director:

Mitsuru Ishizuka

Performers:

Motofumi YamaguchiEiichi SaitoTomohiro MitomeYuichiro FunabashiMitsuru IshizukaKenta NakagomeTsuyoshi MaedaMaya MinowaShogo KomatsuzakiKoki MiuraTomoe MiuraMizuki Yoneyama

*Cast is subject to change without notice.

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Kodo Special Concert 2017 “Michi” (Japan)

  • Mar. 18 (Sat), 2017 [14:00] Fussa Shimin Kaikan Dai-Hall (Mokusei Hall), Fussa, Tokyo
  • Mar. 19 (Sun), 2017 [16:30] Kodaira Citizens Cultural Hall (Rune Kodaira Dai-Hall), Kodaira, Tokyo
  • Mar. 20 (Mon/Public Hol.), 2017 [16:30] Ota Kumin Hall Apricot Dai-Hall, Ota Ward, Tokyo
  • Mar. 25 (Sat), 2017 [13:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City
  • Mar. 25 (Sat), 2017 [18:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City
  • Mar. 26 (Sun), 2017 [13:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City

About Kodo Special Performance “Michi”

 

 


“New Compositions for Kodo Special Concert 2017 ‘Michi’: #1 Shiun” by Mitsuru Ishizuka


New Compositions “Kodo Special Concert 2017 “Michi”: #1 
Shiun

As well as classic powerful pieces from Kodo’s repertoire, we will share some brand new compositions created by current Kodo members in the upcoming “Michi” performances.

Photo: Mariko Sumiyoshi

Shiun was composed by petite powerful drummer Maya Minowa. Breaking free from Kodo’s firmly-rooted image of gentle, elaborate female performers, this piece arose from a discussion where I said I’d like to hear women playing taiko that is awe-inspiring, powerful, and uses all their willpower and physical power.

“Fighter Minowa” called on every fibre of her being to create this piece, and in “Michi” it will be performed by three young female performers: Maya, Mizuki, and Tomoe. They will drum with all their might! Come along to see how this new piece has turned out!

Don’t miss it!

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Director:

Mitsuru Ishizuka

Performers:

Motofumi YamaguchiEiichi SaitoTomohiro MitomeYuichiro FunabashiMitsuru IshizukaKenta NakagomeTsuyoshi MaedaMaya MinowaShogo KomatsuzakiKoki MiuraTomoe MiuraMizuki Yoneyama

*Cast is subject to change without notice.

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Kodo Special Concert 2017 “Michi” (Japan)

  • Mar. 18 (Sat), 2017 [14:00] Fussa Shimin Kaikan Dai-Hall (Mokusei Hall), Fussa, Tokyo
  • Mar. 19 (Sun), 2017 [16:30] Kodaira Citizens Cultural Hall (Rune Kodaira Dai-Hall), Kodaira, Tokyo
  • Mar. 20 (Mon/Public Hol.), 2017 [16:30] Ota Kumin Hall Apricot Dai-Hall, Ota Ward, Tokyo
  • Mar. 25 (Sat), 2017 [13:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City
  • Mar. 25 (Sat), 2017 [18:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City
  • Mar. 26 (Sun), 2017 [13:30] Shin-Kabukiza Theater, Osaka City

About Kodo Special Performance “Michi”

 


“Six Years on from the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake & Tsunami” by Yuichiro Funabashi


Mar. 11, 2017

Six Years on from the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake & Tsunami

Six years have passed since the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake & Tsunami occured.
I would like to express my sympathy once more to all the victims of this disaster. Furthermore, I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the many people who are still struggling today in the wake of the disaster. I continue to pray for the recovery of the entire area.

Performing arts are our livelihood and when the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake & Tsunami struck, it gave us an opportunity to really reflect on our activities.

At times like that, what on earth can we do… what can Kodo do?

After this great disaster, each member of the Kodo Group was troubled by this question and discussed it many times. The result was the launch of “Heartbeat Project,” which is centered on bringing cheer to people through our performances, supporting the recovery of performing arts in the disaster area, and using Kodo’s network to share news of the disaster area and its recovery with people throughout Japan and around the world.

While our efforts may seem small, we believe that if continuing our efforts gives them more strength.

Heartbeat Project channels the power of performing arts to cheer on recovery efforts following the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake & Tsunami. But natural disasters continue to occur in other places, so we now feel the necessity to use the valuable networks that we have cultivated to date to broaden the scope of the Project.

We will continue to dedicate ourselves to our work and hope that our activities and the sound of Kodo’s taiko will be a valuable source of energy for everyone who experiences times of need.

At the end of March 2017, long-serving Kodo Cultural Foundation staff member Michiko Chida will leave the Kodo Group. She has been at the heart of the Project since the beginning and has supported all of its activities with great passion. When I was an apprentice, Michiko was a kind yet strict instructor to our class, and has been ever since. I pledge to uphold her passion moving forward with Heartbeat Project.

Yuichiro Funabashi, Kodo Ensemble Leader

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Heartbeat Project

http://www.kodo.or.jp/heartbeatproject/index_en.html


Heartbeat Project Logo Design: Haruna Kino

In the wake of the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake, Kodo launched the “Heartbeat Project,” a multifaceted undertaking designed to help relief efforts and the people of the affected regions. We will continue to support the restoration of these areas with our music, in particular through charity concerts and fund-raising events, sharing news of Japan’s recovery with our own networks throughout Japan and around the world. Our hearts remain with everyone affected by this disaster, every step of the way.

Kodo


“USA Tour Opening Night in Yakima” by Hayato Otsuka


Jan. 29, 2017

途中のスキー場/Photo: Hayato Otsuka

A ski field I saw from the bus

After the plane trip from Japan to the USA, the moment I arrived in Yakima felt like a baptism of sorts. I was plunged into a sub-zero world and I felt my body and soul flinch in the cold.

ヤキマの街並み/Photo: Hayato Otsuka

Out and about in Yakima

While it was freezing outside, all the locals were very kind and I felt their warmth through our interactions.

アンパッキングの様子/Photo: Hayato Otsuka

Unpacking and setting up our taiko

 

On and off stage, I truly felt firsthand that while we may live in different countries and have different cultures, all we need is the desire to share with one another for our hearts to communicate.

During our performance, we were uplifted by powerful applause, cheers, and whistles from the audience, and naturally we responded to each moment of “communication” with passion in each beat of our performance!

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The DADAN 2017 USA Tour got off to a great start thanks to such a warm welcome and response in Yakima.

Now we are off to our next destination… I wonder what encounters await me today?
I will do my very best until the last performance of the tour and I plan to learn as much as possible during my travels.

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Gift basket from the presenter, The Capitol Theatre.

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Jan.–Mar. 2017 “DADAN 2017″ –Kodo 35th Anniversary Production– USA Tour
http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20170126dadan_en.html

 

ANA DADAN 2017


“My Last Tour” by Shunichiro Kamiya


Jan. 24, 2017

My Last Tour

I am about to set off on my last tour with Kodo, the “DADAN” USA Tour.
I am really looking forward to exchange with people in the USA through taiko and our performances!

Photo: Shunichiro Kamiya
I want to soak up every experience while I am there. Time to go!

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“Heading to the US! DADAN 2017″ by Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga


Heading to the US! DADAN 2017

 

We’ve just left Kodo Village for our North American tour of DADAN!

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Sending us off were the newest members to the Kodo family- the junior members, fresh out of the Apprentice Centre.

Personally, it’s been four years since I’ve been back home in the US.

We look forward to seeing you all!


“DADAN 2017″ USA Tour –Kodo 35th Anniversary Production–
http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20170126dadan_en.html

Performers: Masayuki SakamotoYosuke KusaYuta SumiyoshiJun JidaiShunichiro KamiyaRyoma TsurumiKengo WatanabeRyotaro Leo IkenagaHayato OtsukaReo Kitabayashi, Issei KohiraMasayasu MaedaKoji Miyagi, Kodai Yoshida

*Cast is subject to change without notice.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Note: This photo is a Kodo DADAN promotional image that features four members from the 2017 USA Tour cast: Kengo Watanabe, Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga, Hayato Otsuka, & Reo Kitabayashi

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“The Young Ones, Back in Action” by Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga


The Young Ones, Back in Action

Happy New Year, everyone!

Photo: Erika Ueda
Kodo’s young members, myself included, got back into action early on this year with a live-in rehearsal period from Jan. 4.

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A new year is a new start, so we planned this rehearsal period with that in mind.

We practised core pieces that Kodo has performed since its early days, such as “Miyake” and “Yatai-bayashi,” under the instruction of Kodo’s veteran members.

Photo: Erika Ueda
Through these sessions, we also wanted to explore some new pathways. So we pooled and shared ideas and compositions, then worked together to create new sounds and pieces.

Photo: Erika Ueda

 

We were the only ones at Kodo Village and every day we made new discoveries and realizations. It was an opportunity for us all to reaffirm just how lucky we are to have a place where we can create sound all day long.

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In 2017, we have all set our sights on new heights!
We hope you’ll cheer us on!

 

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