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Have you seen these Japanese drummers?





HAVE you seen these guys? They are something else. Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo are bringing the spirit of the taiko to The Anvil, Basingstoke, on Saturday, February 3, with Kodo: Warabe – a stunning performance that embodies sound, resonance and physicality.

Kodo picture: Takashi Okamoto
Kodo picture: Takashi Okamoto

In Japanese, the word ‘Kodo’ holds a double meaning. It can be translated as ‘heartbeat’, the primal source of all rhythm. However, the group’s name is written with different characters, which mean ‘drum’ and ‘child’. This reflects Kodo’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child.

Kodo have composed soundtracks to major films, as well as having become the inspiration for many taiko (Japanese drum) players around the world.

Based on Sado Island, Japan, they've played a significant role in popularising taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad – forging new directions for this vibrant living art form.

Experience the soul-stirring rhythm of life first-hand with the most recognised kumi-daiko (drumming troupe) in the world.

Visit anvilarts.org.uk for booking details



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