Drum and Drummer

The spectacle of a muscular Japanese man clad only in a loincloth and beating a 900-pound drum is hard to forget. However, that is not the chief memory you will carry from your evening with the Kodo drummers, Japan's highly disciplined taiko superstars.

Critics have called Kodo concerts "primal," "spiritual" and "theatrical." The unique 24-member ensemble of drummers, flutists, singers and dancers brings traditional Japanese arts from its artists' compound on Japan's Sado Island to the rest of the world on annual eight-month tours. The tribal rhythms they pound out in unison have been known to shake foundations and quicken pacemakers. Memories of their power and finesse resonate like the skin of o daiko, the giant drum that requires eight men to lift.

Mon., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2011
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Byron Kerman