LIVE: Kodo’s “One Earth Tour 2013: Legend” @ Proctors, 3/29/13

April 10th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

BOOM!
Clad only in a loincloth and headband, he is poised in front of a gigantic odaiko drum. The drum head is four feet in diameter, and the drum itself weighs more than 800 pounds.

BOOM!
He holds two handcrafted sticks, each four or five times thicker than the average drumstick.

BOOM!
He isn’t merely beating the drum. He is hurling himself forward, pounding the drum with every ounce of strength.

BOOM!
BOOM!
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Welcome to the world of Kodo, the world-renowned Japanese taiko drum troupe that made a tour stop at Proctors in Schenectady recently for an evening of pulse-pounding percussion unlike anything you’ve heard before.

In concert, Kodo isn’t an ensemble that you merely listen to or watch. A Kodo concert is something that you feel – literally.

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