Kodo is a Japanese percussion ensemble that has taken the music scene by storm since its international performing debut in 1981. Deemed a "global phenomenon" by the Wall Street Journal, Kodo is a feast for the senses, fusing ancient tradition with modern expression. The hypnotic elements of the taiko (Japanese drum), tribal song and athletic choreography create a visceral experience that attracts and astounds audiences worldwide.
Since the group's formation more than 30 years ago, the troupe has been based on the isolated Sado Island, off the coast of Japan. There, Kodo members reside in a "musical commune" dedicated to intensive training and creative enhancement.
The group is comprised of 24 men and women, a 24-member staff, and several dozen apprentices and part-time workers. Apprentices spend two years living communally in a formerly abandoned schoolhouse, while selected junior members undergo another year of rigorous training with the hopes of being chosen to join the prestigious touring group.