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Gig Alert: Kodo

Friday, March 18, 2011


Playing Sunday at Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center
(10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave at 65th St.)
Info: Tickets ($75) | Directions

*This track is now only available for streaming.

The Japanese drum ensemble Kodo was in the middle of a North American tour when last Friday's earthquake devastated Japan. "We are trying to keep a sense of positivity at this moment,” the manager of the 27-member troupe, Jun Akimoto, told WQXR. As part of Carnegie Hall's JapanNYC festival, the troupe puts a modern spin on the traditional taiko drum on Sunday night. Prepare to hear thunderous sounds: the band's name, Kodo, means "heartbeat," and reflects the band's “desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child.” Download the track “Sora” above and check out the video below from a live Kodo performance at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.



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