Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Kodo Drummers

This last Sunday evening we took my Dad to see the Kodo Drummers from Japan. We had 3rd row seats and the performance was amazing. This is the second time we have seen these guys and each show seems better than the last. They are currently touring here in the states on their "One Earth Tour".

In Japanese the word "Kodo" has 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 true that babies are often lulled asleep by its strong vibrations. Secondly, the word can also mean "children of the drum," which is a reflection of Kodo's desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child.

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