Russian Video Presents The Japanese Kodo Drummers!


We always post a Russian video (well almost) and this is a video made in the Moscow International House of Music. It has the Japanese, Kodo drummers!

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo are forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. 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 their drums simply, with the heart of a child. Since their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo have given over 3300 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.

Kodo strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Beyond this, members on tours and research trips all over the globe have brought back to Sado a kaleidoscope of world music and experiences which now exerts a strong influence on the group’s performances and compositions. Collaborations with other artists and composers extend right across the musical spectrum and Kodo’s lack of preconceptions about its music continues to produce startling new fusion and forms.

Svetlana and I missed these performances because they originally were to be in February and something happened and we never found when they were coming again…

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.

3 thoughts on “Russian Video Presents The Japanese Kodo Drummers!

  1. Rubric

    Ах, красавцы! Какая небольшая нация, а какая богатая духовная культура, часто даже не подвластная европейскому восприятию… Потому что недотягиваем. Нет, великую русскую душу тоже не все понимают, справедливости надо заметить! 🙂 Но японская культура – это что-то действительно outstanding!

  2. Kyle and Svet Keeton

    Помню в детсве очень любила японские танка и хайку… Наверное, до сих пор люблю, но давно не перечитывала 🙂

    Валун разделил
    Бурный поток ручья, но
    Мчит вода вперед,
    И два рукава реки
    Вновь встретятся в потоке.


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