Kodo to bring thunderous sound of taiko drums to Mondavi Center

By From page A11 | February 01, 2013

Kodo drums will resound through the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Takashi Okamoto/Courtesy photo

Kodo — a popular Japanese taiko drum group that has visited the Mondavi Center several times — returns at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, for a performance in Jackson Hall. Kodo is on the road with a program titled “One Earth Tour: Legend,” which combines recently composed pieces by Kodo members along with traditional taiko and Japanese folk arts.

Kodo made its international premiere in Berlin in 1981, and marked its 30th anniversary in 2011. The group maintains a taiko center on remote Sado Island (part of Niigata Prefecture) in the chilly Sea of Japan, where the group trains for its strenuous performances.

Tickets are $25-$59 general, $12.50-$29.50 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

Jeff Hudson

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