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Media Release Thursday 16 January 2014

Japanese drumming troupe KODO bring their One Earth Tour show Legend to the National Concert Hall as part of their European Tour

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum (the taiko), KODO is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. They make a welcome return to the National Concert Hall Dublin with their new show, Legend on the 22 and 23 of February 2014, 8pm.

They have been described by the Irish Independent as ‘ exceptionally talented… presenting their unusual craft with mesmerising vitality…the sheer physical and mental discipline of the musicians has the audience spellbound, wildly enthusiastic and exhausted’.

Kodo’s One Earth Tour: Legend debuted in May 2012 and toured throughout Japan. Last year they completed a tour of the USA bringing their art form to an audience of over 10,000 members throughout 25 cities from Las Vegas to New York.  This year they bring their show Legend to Europe, with shows in Italy, France, the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, Russia and Dublin.

Since the group's debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3,400 performances on all five continents, spending up to a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.

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.

This show forms part of the National Concert Hall’s flagship series Perspectives 2014 which continues in March with Pantha de Prince and the Bell Laboratory on 26th; the Wayne Shorter Quartet on 14th June and on Saturday 13 December Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull present Sounds of the South ft. Justin Vernon and Frazey Ford.

Perspectives 2014 is supported by the Irish Independent and Today FM.

Tickets: €35, €45 (€25 Choir Balcony)
20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall
10% discount for Concessions and Groups of 10+
Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie


For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057 / 087 1775334