March 12th, 2019
As Japan’s preeminent taiko drumming troupe, Kodo explores the limitless rhythmic possibilities of the traditional drum, and in the process, forges new directions for the vibrant and living art-form. In Japanese, the word “Kodo” holds a double meaning. It can be translated as “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm. Indeed, the great taiko is thought to be reminiscent of a mother’s heartbeat as felt from the womb, and babies are often lulled to sleep by its thunderous vibrations. If read in a different context however, Kodo can also mean “children of the drum,” which reflects the group’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child.
Directed by Tamasaburo Bando, "Evolution" marks the 35th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed taiko performing arts ensemble. This brand new production is a culmination of Kodo's ever-evolving artistic voyage, which boldly displays the future of taiko on stage. For decades Kodo has led the genre of taiko performance with dedication and innovation. With "Evolution," Kodo promises to drive its next generation to new heights of creative expression.
Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall