Japan’s preeminent taiko drum ensemble Kodo showcases the spectacular sonic possibilities of traditional time-honored instruments in this tightly choreographed pageant of percussion. Context is everything, so get closer to the production through our series of curated links, videos, and articles. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #DadanKodo.
Rigorous Rhythm: Kaoru Watanabe on Taiko (BAM blog)
We talk taiko with Brooklyn-based Kaoru Watanabe, a former member of (and only American) in Kodo.
The Life of a Kodo Apprentice (BAM blog)
Learn more about the devoted, holistic lifestyle at the core of Kodo's spectacular performance practice.
Inside the kingdom of Kodo (Japan Times)
"Tamasaburo brought a new way of thinking to us." A look at Kodo's work with artistic director and kabuki theater giant Tamasaburo Bando.
Taiko Glossary (Taiko.com)
Brush up on your taiko terminology before seeing Dadan 2017.
Kodo, Japanese Taiko Drumming Company, To Tour Across United States In Early 2017 (Forbes)An overview of the company’s Dadan tour, which visits 22 US cities between January and March of this year.
Enjoy this wordless video history of Kodo’s tours around the world, starting with a peek at their company’s rigorous daily training on Japan’s secluded Sado Island.
Message from Tamasaburo Bando V (YouTube)
Master Kabuki actor and company director Tamasaburo Bando offers some reflections upon receiving the 2011 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy: “Devote yourself to the things you truly love.”
Tamasaburo "Inabune" 坂東玉三郎 「稲舟」 (YouTube)
A glimpse at the incomparable Kabuki performance work of Tamasaburo Bando.
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