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Taiko Drummers Kodo to Perform at Music Hall at Fair Park



    Taiko Drummers Kodo to Perform at Music Hall at Fair Park
    Japan's Kabuki star Tamasaburo Bando, center, dances with Japanese "taiko" drum troupe Kodo members during a preview of his self-produced performance "Amaterasu" at a Tokyo theater Wednesday, May 10, 2006. Old-style barriers between Japan's art forms come down with a percussive bang in a rare collaboration between "taiko" drumming and Kabuki theater. "Amaterasu," a performance piece that opens in Tokyo later this month, defies convention in this nation's often rigid and hierarchical art world in bringing together Tamasaburo, one of Kabuki's top "onnagata," a male actor who specializes in playing women roles, and Kodo, a taiko ensemble that has won international recognition. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    The Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo will be performing at Music Hall in Fair Park Sunday Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

    Kodo returns to Dallas as part of the One Earth 2015 Tour: Mystery. This is the second work created by Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando, kabuki icon and National Living Treasure of Japan.

    "This time, I created a piece with the idea that theater-goers would experience the mood of mystery that one experiences at a temple or a shrine, or when you go into the forest - places that are removed from daily life. A feeling that emerges from deep darkness," said Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando. "While it's a drum concert, playing as only drums can play, we've added plenty of visuals as well."

    Since the group's debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo's ongoing One Earth Tour has visited 46 countries around the world for close to 4,000 total performances.

    In Japanese the word "Kodo" conveys two meanings: Firstly, "heartbeat" the primal source of all rhythm. The sound of the great taiko is said to resemble a mother's heartbeat as felt in the womb. Secondly, read in a different way, the word can mean "children of the drum," a reflection of Kodo's desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child.

    Tickets are on sale and cost $36 - $70. Tickets can be purchase online at www.liveatthemusichall.com or by calling 214-691-7200. The Music Hall at Fair Park is located at 909 1st Avenue. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call 214-426-4768.