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Kodo is a Japanese group that has become an international phenomenon, based on the island of Sado, that has taken the world by storm with their new stylings on semi-traditional taiko drumming. Founded in 1981, the group's name has dual meaning; according to the group, it translates both to "heartbeat -- the primal source of all rhythm," and "children of the drum, a reflection of Kodo's desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child." The group spends one-third of an average year touring in Japan, one-third touring the rest of the world, and one-third in rigorous workouts in their village on Sado. They have toured in all continents except Antarctica in their attempts to spread world peace via the messenger of music. Among their projects, aside from straightforward taiko performances, are a collaboration with new age synthesizer genius Isao Tomita for Nasca Fantasy, instructing the über-eclectic Cirque du Soleil in taiko for their own performances, the soundtrack for The Hunted, and a yearly "Earth Celebration" festival on Sado for percussionists from around the world to attend. They are ambassadors of peace through music and the current top bearers of the living art form of taiko drumming. ~ Adam Greenberg
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  1.   Song
  2.   Bill Laswell's the Hunted
  3.   Strobe's Satori Beats
  4.   Kazauta
  5.   Shake, for taiko ensemble
  6.   Maracatu
  7.   The End
  8.   Bill Laswell's Nanafushi
  9.   Too Dark Tonight
  10.   Toki No Koe
  11.   Chonlima Motofumi
  12.   Kevin Yost's Deep & Ethnic Mix
  13.   Encore: Nami Ni Saku Hana/Sado E/Hatijyo/Kiyari
  14.   Kenbai
  15.   Okesa Prayer
  16.   Nobi
  17.   Lion
  18.   Lakota
  19.   I Love U
  20.   Kyosui (O-daiko), for taiko ensemble
  21.   Furyu
  22.   Kashira
  23.   Oya y Ogun
  24.   Psychopomp
  25.   Wataru
  26.   Sange
  27.   Kyoshi
  28.   Ao-Ki Kaze (Wind from the Steppes)
  29.   Wax Off
  30.   O-Daiko (Big Drum)
  31.   Sunayama
  32.   Trodori
  33.   Yumi-Ga-Hama
  34.   A-Son-Ja-O
  35.   Zoku, for taiko ensemble
  36.   Smile by Coranny
  37.   Affirmative Action
  38.   Floor, for taiko ensemble
  39.   Nanafushi
  40.   Irodori, for taiko ensemble
  41.   Echo Bells
  42.   Zoku
  43.   Remember Me
  44.   Kiyari
  45.   Mogura (Jungle Mole)
  46.   One Moment featuring Migle
  47.   Strobe's Samurai Dub
  48.   Hyoshigi/Kono Mine
  49.   Tomoe
  50.   Daraijin
  51.   Shake Shake
  52.   Akabanah
  53.   Strobe's the Hunted
  54.   Ibuki Reconstruction
  55.   Strobe's Nanafushi
  56.   Miyake
  57.   Gezan-Bayashi
  58.   Sing, Sing, Sing
  59.   Bolero
  60.   Yatai Bayashi
  61.   Monochrome
  62.   Sankan-Shion
  63.   Lion, for taiko ensemble
  64.   Bird Island
  65.   Yu-Karak II
  66.   Berimbau Jam
  67.   Kuyurage, for taiko ensemble
  68.   Hunted
  69.   Inteligente's Nobi
  70.   Transmission
  71.   One Moment by Sound Dizturber's
  72.   Berimbau Jam, for percussion ensemble
  73.   Michi
  74.   The Secret of Basement Room
  75.   Ibuki, for taiko ensemble
  76.   Wax On
  77.   Sado E
  78.   Enough
  79.   Ibuki
  80.   Biei (Ethereal Flow), for taiko ensemble
  81.   Niji No Nagori (Rainbow Traces)
  82.   Ektal
  83.   Jang-Gwara
  84.   Kirina's Theme
  85.   Strobe's Nanafushi (Satori Mix), for taiko ensemble
  86.   Song of the Universe
  87.   Akabanar
  88.   Strobe's Nanfushi

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