?? (Kod?) is one of the elite taiko drumming groups today. Based in Sado Island, Japan, they have been a major force in the post-World War II revitalization of taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad. They regularly tour Japan and the United States. Although the main focus of the performance is taiko drumming, other traditional Japanese musical instruments such as fue and shamisen make an appearance on stage as do traditional dance and vocal performance.
Although the main focus of the performance is taiko drumming, other traditional Japanese musical instruments such as fue and shamisen make an appearance on stage as do traditional dance and vocal performance. Kod?'s performance include pieces based on the traditional rhythms of regional Japan, pieces composed for Kod? by contemporary songwriters, and pieces written by Kod? members themselves. The numbers that Kod? performs can change from concert to concert. Kod?'s performance normally lasts about one hour and forty minutes.
In Japanese the word ?Kod?? conveys two meanings: ?heartbeat? the primal source of all rhythm and, read in a different way, the word can mean ?children of the drum,? a reflection of Kod?'s desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child.
Kod? strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. From worldwide tours and research trips, Kod? brings back to Sado world music and experiences which now exert a strong influence on the group's performances and compositions. They also collaborate with other artists and composers.
Since their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kod? have given over 2800 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.