Kodo, Japan’s Preeminent Taiko Drum Ensemble, at Quick Center, March 8 & 9

Kodo, Japan’s Preeminent Taiko Drum Ensemble, at Quick Center, March 8 & 9

Kodo taiko drummer

In their latest work, Evolution, Kodo members use sticks the size of a forearm to explore the limitless possibilities of the taiko, the traditional Japanese drum, in a tightly choreographed pageant of percussion that will enthrall the whole family.

Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world.

— The Boston Globe

As part of its North American "One Earth Tour 2019," the thunderous power, precision, and athleticism of Kodo – Japan’s preeminent taiko drum ensemble – will take center stage at the Quick for two performances of Evolution: Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoon, March 9 at 2 p.m.

Imbued with fundamental vitality, the Japanese word “kodo” has two meanings. It can be translated as “sound of the beating heart," and in a different context it can also mean “children of the drum.” Kodo's performance of Evolution reflects a desire to transcend language and cultural boundaries, and to remind audiences of the common bonds we all share as human beings.

Evolution is performed on a variety of drums, from timpani to massive 660-pound o-daiko drums. Highlighted by striking visuals, Kodo also incorporates song, dance, and bamboo flutes into the performance. Led by Kabuki theater luminary Tamasaburo Bando, the Kodo touring company of Evolution stars 16 Kodo members, including four women.

Through its commanding music, Kodo preserves the traditions of its home, Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, while also innovating and reinterpreting the ancient art of taiko drumming. The Boston Globe said of Kodo, “Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world.”

Since its debut in 1981, Kodo has given more than 6,000 performances in 50 countries on five continents.  It has become one of the most familiar and influential taiko ensembles in the world, and is credited with inspiring international interest in this traditional Japanese art form.  The ensemble was recently awarded a District Cultural Achievement Award by the Government of Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Kodo in Evolution is generously sponsored by Holiday Inn and Laurel Road Bank. Performances will take place at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $50, $40 and Quick Members are $30. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit www.quickcenter.com or call the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

 

Kodo in Evolution

Date: Friday, March 8th at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m.
Location: The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University

Additional Details:

Kodo in Evolution is generously sponsored by Holiday Inn and Laurel Road Bank.
Tickets are $50, $40 and Quick Members are $30. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit www.quickcenter.com or call the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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