The internationally acclaimed Japanese drumming ensemble, Kodo, will be playing two dates in Kansas: Kansas State University, McCain Auditorium on Feb 22 at 7:30 (Manhattan, KS); and Lied Center of Kansas (Lawrence) on Feb 24 at 7:30.
Kodo, the taiko drumming pioneers from Japan, will make stops in Kansas as part of its One Earth 2015 Tour: Mystery, the second work created by artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, revered kabuki icon and National Living Treasure of Japan.
The Chicago Tribune declares, “Superlatives don’t really exist to convey the primal power and bravura beauty of Kodo,” while The New York Times raves, “Kodo reminds its audience that, above all, its music is a matter of flesh and blood, wood and stretched skin. Kodo can raise the roof, but the group can also show extraordinary finesse.” The Boston Globe proclaims, "Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world."
In Japanese the word "Kodo" conveys two meanings: Firstly, "heartbeat" the primal source of all rhythm. The sound of the great taiko is said to resemble a mother's heartbeat as felt in the womb, and it is no myth that babies are often lulled asleep by its thunderous vibrations. Secondly, read in a different way, the word can mean "children of the drum," a reflection of Kodo's desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child.