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

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