MARCH 8 — Mizner Park Amphiteatre at 7:30pm

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. 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, and it is no myth that babies are often lulled asleep by its thunderous vibrations. 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.

Kodo strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Beyond this, members on tours and research trips all over the globe have brought back to Sado a kaleidoscope of world music and experiences which now exerts a strong influence on the group’s performances and compositions.

Price: $15 – $75

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Other Performances:

March 2 — Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

March 7 — Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce

March 9 — Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

March 11 — Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples