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

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