Have you ever heard of a Taiko? It is a traditional Japanese drum. Japanese Taiko drumming is increasingly popular in the UK, and not only a few Japanese Taiko drumming groups have visited here, but also there are many local groups led by British people.
Kodo is arguably at the top of the pyramid of Taiko groups. You can find a lot about them by following this link: About Kodo
As a Japanese, I have heard a lot about Kodo, and watched many times on TV. Being a female, I have to admit that I was rather attracted to the powerful performance by the muscular and half-naked male members of Kodo. But somehow, I had never managed to see their performance on stage.
Then, in 2012, one of the most famous Kabuki actors in Japan, Tamasaburo Bando, became their Artistic Director. What?! I have been a huge fan of him for a long time. So there was no more time to waste; I booked a ticket for their stage performance, “Amaterasu,” in which Tamasaburo appears as a Goddess of sun, Amaterasu. At the concert, I was in the first row, and I watched their entire performance without blinking! (Sorry, slight exaggeration here.) That was in December in 2013.
And now, Kodo is coming to Manchester, as a part of their “One Earth Tour 2014: Legend” European Tour!! It sounds too good to be true, but it is true! You don’t need to go to Japan to watch them, but you can see them right here in Manchester! They started from Italy, and most of the concerts were sold out. So, hurry! Get your ticket right now before it’s too late! I will see you at the Bridgewater Hall.
The UK Tour Schedule:
15 Feb – Lighthouse, Poole
17 Feb – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
19 Feb – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
20 Feb – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
25 Feb – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
28 Feb – Dome, Brighton
For more information and to book a ticket, please click here:
One Earth Tour Schedule