KODO Drummers of Japan at the AT&T Performing Arts Center

17 02 2011

The nearly 30 year-old TITAS Dance and Music organization is presenting the world famous KODO Drummers of Japan tonight at the Winspear Opera House.

Photo by Buntaro Tanaka.

“The Japanese word “kodo” means “heartbeat”; the sound of the great taiko drum is said to resemble a mother’s heartbeat as heard in the womb.   One doesn’t hear Kodo, you experience it. The explosive power of these 24 masters of the ancient tradition of taiko drumming is simply heart-pounding, bone-shaking and a not-to-be-missed experience.”

Photo by Buntaro Tanaka.

“And the word “kodo” has a second meaning: “children of the drum”, a reflection of Kodo’s desire to play simply, with the heart of a child. To create the Kodo performance experience, virtually an entire village travels to Dallas from Japan. Performers, apprentices and support staff number more than 70 artists. As apprentices, the members on stage spend two years living together in what was once an abandoned schoolhouse, then trained for two more years before being accepted as players. It’s no wonder their performance creates such a personal experience and exhibits such uncanny unity.”

Tonight’s performance is brought you by title sponsors – The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum

Supporting Sponsor of tonight’s event are

Photo by Buntaro Tanaka.

Tonight at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street. Tickets are $19 to $75. Call 214-880-0202 or visit attpac.org.




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