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Kodō (鼓童) is a professional taiko drumming troupe. Based on Sado Island, Japan, they have had a role in popularizing taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad. They regularly tour Japan, Europe, and the United States. In Japanese the word "Kodo" conveys two meanings: "heartbeat" the primal source of all rhythm and, read in a different way, the word can mean "children of the drum." Kodo is likely to be the most well-known group of taiko performers in the world.

Although taiko are the primary instrument in their performances, other traditional Japanese musical instruments such as fue and shamisen make an appearance on stage as do traditional dance and vocal performance. Kodo's repertoire include pieces based on the traditional rhythms of regional Japan, pieces composed for Kodo by contemporary songwriters, and pieces written by Kodo members themselves. Since their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has had almost 4,000 performances, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Irodori 鼓童 1
1992 Mono-Prism 鼓童 1
1993 Kaiki 鼓童 1
1994 Nasca Fantasy Kodo & Isao Tomita 1
1995 Blessing of the Earth 鼓童 1
1997 いぶき 鼓童 2
2002 Mondo Head 鼓童 1
2005 Prism Rhythm 鼓童 1
Ubu-Suna 鼓童 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Best of Kodo Compilation 鼓童 1
2000 Tataku : Best of Kodo II 1994-1999 Compilation 鼓童 1
2008 Heartbeat : KODO 25th Anniversary Compilation 鼓童 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 Live at the Acropolis Live 鼓童 2
2012 Honoka Live 鼓童 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 Sai-So Remix 鼓童 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 The Hunted Soundtrack 鼓童 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Heartbeat Drummers of Japan 鼓童 1
1988 Ubu-Suna 鼓童 2
1999 Tsutsumi 鼓童 1
Gathering 鼓童 1
Japanese Drummers 鼓童 1
Warabe 鼓童 1

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