The Walt Disney Concert Hall welcomes Kodo, the acclaimed performing arts ensemble of Niigata Prefecture, Japan, on February 5, as part of the group’s One Earth Tour 2013: Legend. The performance features several re-envisioned works and new pieces with high-energy percussion, traditional music, dance and the physical prowess needed to sustain the precise and powerful sound of the group’s hallmark taiko - the nearly 900-pound drum.
In Japanese, “Kodo” has two meanings. The first is “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm; the second is “children of the drum,” reflecting the group’s desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child. For over 30 years they have explored the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese taiko drum.
The group first emerged onto the world stage at the Berlin Festival in 1981 and has since delivered over 3,500 performances on five continents from war-torn Croatia to New York's Carnegie Hall. Now in 2011, Kodo embarks on a momentous journey, traveling first to America, then across their native Japan, and finally into Europe for a year that promises to be a crowning jewel on their 30-year odyssey. New Artistic Director and acclaimed kabuki icon Tamasaburo Bando leads the One Earth Tour 2013: Legend tour.
The concert takes place Tuesday, February 5th at 8:00 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall located at 111 S. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.LAPhil.com.