Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Bring on the Odaiko: One Earth Tour vs. Live at the Acropol
Stargrazer | deep in the heart of Michigan | 12/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD/DVD concert far surpasses "Live at the Acropolis" in presenting Kodo in their element -- live performance.
First of all, it is a complete concert, presented start to finish. It isn't cut up at crucial moments by interview snippets.
It also conveys the intensity of Kodo. A decade after "Acropolis," "One Earth Tour" shows a more seasoned, serious, and focused Kodo. Gone is the smiling pageantry of Kodo the folk ensemble. Kodo is no longer here to win you over to Japanese percussive traditions. Enter the dumbfounding -- even intimidating -- virtuosity and physicality of an older, wiser, frighteningly intense Kodo channeling hundreds of years of tradition into a thunderous pulse that leaves the viewer/listener speechless."
It's good stuff. But not great stuff.
Adam Weiner | San Jose, CA USA | 03/16/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a die-hard Kodo fanatic and have been for many many years now. I bought this DVD/CD set, and I like what I got, but...
I don't want to watch THREE Odaiko solos. Yoshikazu is top-notch and having two more solos after him is a bit of a let-down, even though the other soloists ARE good. It's just nearly 30 minutes of odaiko solo. Too much. And listening to three solos on the CD is even more cumbersome.
Now, this is a "home" concert for Kodo, so granted they are doing things they can't do on the road in terms of personnel and equipment. Having 8 people playing Miyake is incredible!
Sado e, the collaborative song done with Bando-san, is fantastic to see...but not so much good on CD since it's got so much contrast over the 20 minutes.
When I see Kodo in concert, even when they change up their repertoire and personnel, there's still a pulse of energy that comes from the songs that are played that day. This concert doesn't have a pulse - maybe it's not supposed to?
Kodo does an excellent job on this CD - there is dance and singing and taiko and everything they do flawlessly. But the CD doesn't have the punch that I like when I listen to Kodo CDs, and the DVD is more artistic than a "normal" show. Like Kodo? Like taiko? Buy this and you'll love it. But compared to the Acropolis stuff? Or the Warabe/Tsutsumi CDs? Not quite there."
Best watched with headphones on, lights out, and late at nig
B. Bronczyk | Harleysville, PA USA | 04/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having attended two recent Kodo concerts, with the great fortune of sitting front-row-and-center for their One Earth Tour performance in Philadelphia, I wasn't surprised when this DVD didn't faithfully recreate the primal `feel' and intense focus of a Kodo performance. Yet, when I tweak the viewing conditions to minimize distractions and outside sensory stimuli, I notice that many of the Eastern nuances of rhythm, precision timing, and economy of movement come into sharper relief. Yoshikazu Fujimoto's muscular performance on the monster odaiko is stunningly powerful (his facial expressions alone speak volumes) and by itself is worth the price of the DVD. Overall, this DVD does a very fine job of capturing the essence of Kodo (the Japanese word for `heartbeat')."
Verity | Houston, TX USA | 05/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Modern Taiko drumming is meant to be heard as well as seen. To only hear a Kodo CD is to only get half the intended experience. I realized this at my first Kodo concert. I was awed by the visual coordination, the intense athletcism, and the delicate beauty of the performance. I easily saw how Taiko drumming was once used as a form of religious worship.
Of course, taped shows cannot beat the real thing but I felt this DVD captured the visual aspect of their performance well enough. However, varying camera-angles and close-ups add another dimension to the taped performance (something you can't get at a live one).
As far as comparison among other Kodo offerings, I have only the circa 2004 concert to compare visually, and their first "Best Of" CD to compare aurally. Experiencing this DVD (which also comes with an audio CD!) fulfilled on both counts.
I recall searching for a good live performance of Kodo on DVD and came to the conclusion that this was the one to get. Check around amazon for reviews of other Kodo DVDs (esp. Live at the Acropolis) and decide for yourself ."