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

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