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“The 2017 ‘Michi’ Performances Have Begun” by Narumi Matsuda


Mar. 19, 2017

The 2017 “Michi” Performances Have Begun

Photo: Narumi Matsuda

 

Yesterday the 2017 “Michi” performances began with a concert at Fussa Shimin Kaikan in Tokyo.
Today, we have our second performance at Kodaira Citizens Cultural Hall (a.k.a. Rune Kodaira), also in Tokyo.

Photo: Narumi MatsudaPhoto: Narumi Matsuda

This is the third time I have been to this venue. My first time was in 2010 when Kodo performed here on the opening night of my first “One Earth Tour” as a company manager. The second was in 2014 with “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery.” Looking back, those were both times in my career when I was really stretched.

Photo: Narumi MatsudaPhoto: Narumi MatsudaPhoto: Narumi Matsuda

There are only six performances of “Michi” this year. Each day, the cast and staff are all working hard against the clock. I want to make each and every performance count. I hope to share theses performances with as many people as possible.

Photo: Narumi Matsuda

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 2017 “Michi”

 


“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/

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United States of America Ambassador to Japan Attends “Spirited Summer” Performance


United States of America Ambassador to Japan Attends “Spirited Summer” Performance in Asakusa

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Ambassador Kennedy (center) with guests from the US Embassy In Tokyo join the Kodo members on stage after the performance at Asakusa Public Hall on July 1, 2016

Over the weekend, the United States of America Ambassador to Japan, Her Excellency Ms., Caroline Kennedy, attended our “Spirited Summer” performance in Asakusa, Tokyo.

She visited us at Kodo Village last week, so it was wonderful to see her two weekends in a row. It was such an honor to see that she had enjoyed our concert.

Ambassador Kennedy, thank you very much for coming along!

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

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July 1 (Fri)–3 (Sun), 2016 Asakusa Public Hall, Taito Ward, Tokyo
http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20160701asakusa_en.html


Sincere Thanks & “Spirited Summer” Photo Gallery


Thank You for Joining us for “Spirited Summer”!

Photo: Erika Ueda
Kodo’s “Spirited Summer” was held at Asakusa Public Hall from July 1st through 3rd and we were delighted to welcome many people to each of the five performances. Thank you all for your warm support and making this special work a success. We sincerely thank everyone who traveled to Asakusa to see us from all over Japan and abroad. We have shared a selection of photos from this performance below.

Photo Gallery

Kodo Special Performance in Asakusa “Spirited Summer”

Photos by Takashi Okamoto

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

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“Thank You for Coming to Our Performances in Tokyo” by Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga


Thank You for Joining Us at Tokyo University of the Arts for
Kodo Premium Concert

–An Invitation from Tamasaburo Bando into the World of Kodo–

Photo: Takashi OkamotoPhoto: Takashi Okamoto

Numerous artists at the forefront of the performing arts scene in Japan and around the world are Tokyo University of the Arts alumni. At the end of May, we gave three performances at the University’s concert hall, which received an enthusiastic response thanks to the presenter and each audience.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto
This performance is accompanied by a commentary in Japanese* by our artistic director, Tamasaburo Bando. He speaks of his relationship with Kodo over the past 16 years and thoughts behind his direction.
Tamasaburo’s commentary is filled with surprising stories and jokes, so we are entertained on stage by his words from start to finish.

*Note: His commentary is in Japanese only, so if you don’t understand Japanese, please let our drumming do all the talking.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

I hope everyone who attends this performance will enjoy the programme as much as we do!

Photo: Takashi Okamoto
We are now in Kyoto performing at Kyoto Theater, which is located inside the Kyoto Station building. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Photo: Takashi OkamotoPhoto: Takashi Okamoto

Photos: Takashi Okamoto

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Kodo Premium Concert

–An Invitation from Tamasaburo Bando into the World of Kodo–

June 1 (Wed)–3 (Fri), 2016 Kyoto Theater, Kyoto City

Start:
June 1 (Wed) 11:00, 16:00 (2 performances)
June 2 (Thu) 11:00, 16:00 (2 performances)
June 3 (Fri) 11:00

Note: Commentary will be in Japanese only.

http://www.kodo.or.jp/oet/20160601-03b_en.html

 


“‘Talk Saito’ Returns” by Eiichi Saito


“Talk Saito” Returns June 17–19

Hello everyone! How are you?
It’s been hot for a while now in Japan, so I’m sorry to add to the heat with some piping-hot exciting news…

This month I will join Kazuaki Tomida in Tokyo for “Talk Saito 2016″ at Tiara Koto Sho-Hall!

June 17 (Fri): Doors Open 18:30 / Start 19:00
June 18 (Sat): Doors Open 16:30 / Start 17:00
June 19 (Sun): Doors Open 14:30 / Start 15:00

http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20160617saito_en.html

Photo: Erika Ueda

The first “Talk Saito” performance was held in the fall of 2003.

It all started when former Kodo member Kazuaki Tomida said “I want to do something fun with you, Eiichi!” We exchanged ideas, then practiced and made our own special duo performance.

It evolved from then into the performances we gave in 2009 and then 2012. This month is our 4th season of “Talk Saito”! And perhaps it will be our grand finale?
This performance is a taiko-meets-comedy show but we are not mucking around. We are both extremely serious about being wholeheartedly foolish for around 2 hours straight.
Please come along and see us live on stage!
One of our alter egos will appear for a lively chat with the audience 15 mins. before each performance, so please come along early enough to take your seat before then. See you there!

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Wadaiko Talk Saito 2016

June 17 (Fri), 18 (Sat), 19 (Sun), 2016 Tiara Koto Sho-Hall, Koto Ward, Tokyo

http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20160617saito_en.html


“A Wonderful Sight in Asakusa” by Naomi Iseki


Last week Asakusa in Tokyo held its annual festival, Sanja Matsuri. This week the area is back to normal… which for Asakusa means bustling with tourists!

From the day after the festival, I was greeted by this wonderful sight all along the main street through Asakusa, Kaminarimon-dori.

Photo: Naomi Iseki

A big thank you to the Asakusa Shopping Street Promotion Association for these banners! We are always so happy to receive such great support from the people of Asakusa.

Kodo can feel this warm circle of support growing every year.

Photo: Naomi Iseki
This year, we will present a brand new production in Asakusa called “Spirited Summer,” which will be performed exclusively here. I really hope many people will join us in Asakusa for these performances in July. Of course, we hope you’ll make a day of it and have a great time visiting Asakusa.


▼ [Don't Miss Out! Last Tickets Now on Sale!] Kodo Special Performance in Asakusa “Spirited Summer”

July 1 (Fri)–3 (Sun), 2016 Asakusa Public Hall, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Start:
July 1 (Fri) 15:00
July 2 (Sat) 11:00 / 15:00 (2 performances)
July 3 (Sun) 11:00 / 15:00 (2 performances)
http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20160701asakusa_en.html

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2015 “Chaos” Finale


Final 2015 Performance of “Chaos”

Photo: Takashi OkamotoPhoto: Takashi Okamoto

On Dec. 23 we welcomed a large audience to our last performance of “Chaos” for 2015.

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Actor Yohji Tanaka came along to see our performance! Here he is with a few of the cast members after the concert.

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Kodo provided part of the soundtrack to Yohji Tanaka’s latest short movie.

See here for details: http://kodo.or.jp/blog_en/news/20151117_3878.html

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