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Kodo: Children Of The Drum

Kodo's performances grow out of Japanese traditional arts, but its younger members are challenging the group and its limits.

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The drummers of Kodo, on stage!

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Kodo

The Japanese percussion group performs works that grow out of and expand upon folk traditions.


Indiana University Auditorium

Friday February 25, 2011

812 855 1103

Jun Akimoto, a drummer in the musical group Kodo, explains that the group’s namesake is written in two Chinese characters. “One is for drum and the second is for children. So, we are the children of the drum. Also, when you say ‘kodo; it sounds like a heart beat. We think both sets of meanings apply to the group.”

Kodo has come to the IU Auditorium a number of times. Each show has been different. “Kodo first performed in Berlin in 1981. We were on a program that showed music from many places and our part was of traditional music of Japan. Since then, Kodo has traveled and developed.”

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“In addition to the percussion instruments, we’ve also studied and learned from the people about the use of melodic instruments, like flutes, and we’ve incorporated them in our performances. Also, dance is very much part of our culture, so choreography has been extended as well.”

For the current tour Kodo has four new productions. Says Akimoto, these productions “have been created and orchestrated by our younger members. Perhaps it is no surprise that they are challenging the group.”

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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