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Kimmel Center Presents

KODO: Evolution

Mar 12, 2019
7:30 PM

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As Japan’s preeminent taiko drumming troupe, Kodo explores the limitless rhythmic possibilities of the traditional drum, and in the process, forges new directions for the vibrant and living art-form. In Japanese, the word “Kodo” holds a double meaning. It can be translated as “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm. Indeed, the great taiko is thought to be reminiscent of a mother’s heartbeat as felt from the womb, and babies are often lulled to sleep by its thunderous vibrations. If read in a different context however, Kodo can also mean “children of the drum,” which reflects the group’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child.

Directed by Tamasaburo Bando, "Evolution" marks the 35th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed taiko performing arts ensemble. This brand new production is a culmination of Kodo's ever-evolving artistic voyage, which boldly displays the future of taiko on stage. For decades Kodo has led the genre of taiko performance with dedication and innovation. With "Evolution," Kodo promises to drive its next generation to new heights of creative expression.

“A celebration of music, of physicality, of life.” – New York Times

"The 14 musicians created waves of percussive sound that seemed to turn Carnegie Hall itself into a resonant cavity covered with animal skin." - New York Times

"The concert was a celebration of organic patterns." New York Times

"Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world." - Boston Globe

"Superlatives don't really exist to convey the primal power and bravura beauty of Kodo." - Chicago Tribune

"Throughout, the devil of it is the combination of the discipline of a surgeon's scalpel with the primitive, muscular endurance of a cavalry charge.The speed and dexterity are as impressive as the physical tenacity is breathtaking." - Chicago Tribune

"Heart of the beat -Kodo goes as far back as the cave for its intoxicating pulses." - Chicago Tribune

Verizon Hall

Kimmel Center

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Run Time: 2 Hours
Intermission: 20 Minutes


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