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Japanese drumming ensemble KODO bring the spirit of the taiko to the Hall for a unique performance that embodies sound, resonance, and physicality.

KODO is the most recognized kumi-daiko (drumming troupe) in the world. They 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 popularizing taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad – forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, they have given over 6,500 performances across five continents.

Although the word “Kodo” can be translated in Japanese as “heartbeat”, KODO's group 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. 

Come and experience the soul-stirring rhythm of life first hand.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

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Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts. 

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