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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.   Kirina's Theme
  3.   Ektal
  4.   O-Daiko (Big Drum)
  5.   Strobe's Samurai Dub
  6.   Wataru
  7.   Hyoshigi/Kono Mine
  8.   Monochrome
  9.   Kuyurage, for taiko ensemble
  10.   Shake, for taiko ensemble
  11.   A-Son-Ja-O
  12.   Trodori
  13.   Smile by Coranny
  14.   The End
  15.   Kiyari
  16.   Strobe's Nanafushi (Satori Mix), for taiko ensemble
  17.   Sado E
  18.   Bird Island
  19.   Ao-Ki Kaze (Wind from the Steppes)
  20.   Akabanah
  21.   Nanafushi
  22.   Bill Laswell's the Hunted
  23.   Wax Off
  24.   Gezan-Bayashi
  25.   Yatai Bayashi
  26.   Yu-Karak II
  27.   Kazauta
  28.   Zoku
  29.   Miyake
  30.   Inteligente's Nobi
  31.   Ibuki
  32.   One Moment by Sound Dizturber's
  33.   The Secret of Basement Room
  34.   Lakota
  35.   Niji No Nagori (Rainbow Traces)
  36.   Kashira
  37.   Biei (Ethereal Flow), for taiko ensemble
  38.   Sunayama
  39.   Sange
  40.   Tomoe
  41.   Strobe's Nanafushi
  42.   Lion, for taiko ensemble
  43.   Psychopomp
  44.   Bolero
  45.   I Love U
  46.   Too Dark Tonight
  47.   Enough
  48.   Remember Me
  49.   Affirmative Action
  50.   Mogura (Jungle Mole)
  51.   One Moment featuring Migle
  52.   Chonlima Motofumi
  53.   Floor, for taiko ensemble
  54.   Ibuki, for taiko ensemble
  55.   Zoku, for taiko ensemble
  56.   Furyu
  57.   Bill Laswell's Nanafushi
  58.   Strobe's the Hunted
  59.   Akabanar
  60.   Sankan-Shion
  61.   Oya y Ogun
  62.   Ibuki Reconstruction
  63.   Encore: Nami Ni Saku Hana/Sado E/Hatijyo/Kiyari
  64.   Kenbai
  65.   Echo Bells
  66.   Michi
  67.   Berimbau Jam
  68.   Sing, Sing, Sing
  69.   Kevin Yost's Deep & Ethnic Mix
  70.   Okesa Prayer
  71.   Maracatu
  72.   Irodori, for taiko ensemble
  73.   Hunted
  74.   Wax On
  75.   Song of the Universe
  76.   Jang-Gwara
  77.   Shake Shake
  78.   Kyosui (O-daiko), for taiko ensemble
  79.   Berimbau Jam, for percussion ensemble
  80.   Strobe's Satori Beats
  81.   Daraijin
  82.   Nobi
  83.   Toki No Koe
  84.   Kyoshi
  85.   Yumi-Ga-Hama
  86.   Transmission
  87.   Lion
  88.   Strobe's Nanfushi

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