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A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 24, 1997

Kodo drummers make A2 stop

By Orit Greenberg
For the Daily
Making its ninth appearance in Ann
Arbor, Kodo will be performing tonight
and tomorrow at the Power Center. The
"One Earth Tour," began in January and
continues through March, will take this
remarkable Japanese percussion com-
pany to more than 20 cities.
"We are very much looking forward
to coming back (to Ann Arbor)," said.

Takashi Akamine, Kodo's company
manager. "We have performed here

many times ... it is
becoming a tradi-
tion.'
Kodo, which
means both
"Heartbeat" and Tonigh
"Children of the Tickets
Drum," was found-
ed in 1971. Since then, this highly cele-

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brated company has made Sado Island,
located in the Sea of Japan, its home.
Forty-two mem-
E V I E W bers, including 20
performers and 22
Kodo staff members, live
and work in the
nd tomorrow at 8 p.m. an wokith
Power Center "Kodo Mura,"
26-$36, Call 764-2538 Japanese for
"Kodo Village."
A typical day on Sado Island consists
of intensive study, practice and exercise
to maintain the company members' sta-
mina needed for their demanding per-
formances and rigorous performance
schedule. Kodo tours approximately
eight months each year. After this tour
"we go back home and start a domestic
tour in Japan," Akamine said.
The "One Earth Tour" performances
feature nine works. Among the pieces
are "The Hunted," originally composed
for J. F. Lawton's film with the same
title, and "O-Daiko," a piece played on
the o-daiko, a huge, decorated 800-
pound instrument carved from the trunk
of a single tree. Four female perform-
ers join the once all-male ensemble of
drummers, and are featured in the piece
"Yae-No-Furyu-"
Although the company is widely rec-
ognized for its traditional Japanese
drums, Kodo also relies on a variety of

The drummers of Kodo will perform tonight and tomorrow at Power Center.

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