I have only been to two concerts in my life. Strange but true. The first was the Eagles back in 1996 and the second was Kodo. I knew of Kodo the Japanese taiku drumming troupe for many years, but never really listened them properly. I have always liked the sound of large drums and this was further deepened by lion dancing culture. The sound of large drums inspires and motivates me. I have long found that popular music doesn't appeal to me and over the years, I have discovered a like for traditional folk music.
It was late last year, when I started to develop a taste for Japanese taiku drumming. I've always admired the Japanese spirit when it comes to perfection and it was a time when I wanted to find music that moved me. Kodo does that and I listen to them when I train. Kodo isn't just about drums, they also include in their repertoire, flute, string instrument such as the shamisen and dancing. So when I found out that they were touring he UK, I had to go.
People often say that Kodo are brilliant performers and always impress. They aren't wrong, the power and the passion is quite something. Whilst only about a third of the group came on tour, it was a two hour show. There was sufficient variety, but my favourite part was the O-Daiku. This a a giant size drum made from a large tree trunk. It takes a man of much strength to create the sound that does it justice. Every player pours his heart and soul into that performance and it shows. I was thoroughly impressed and I will intend to see them again. 10/10