The Taiko (Japanese drums) performing arts group "Kodo" will be appearing in "This is NIPPON Premium Theater ~MUSUBI~ Hatsune Miku x Kodo Special Live 2020" to be held at NHK Hall on June 20 (Sat) and 21 (Sun), 2020. It was also announced that they will be performing together with the virtual singer "Hatsune Miku" once again.
When the “Hatsune Miku x Kodo Special Live” was held in 2017 and 2018, many fans wanted to see them recreate the brand new sound world that came from this high impact collaboration with two distinctive sounds that represent major parts of Japanese culture. Hatsune Miku, a virtual singer who continues to fascinate the world beyond the framework of singing voice synthesis software, and the Taiko performing arts group Kodo, traveling around the world as a pioneer of Japanese performing arts culture, have joined together on stage at the NHK Hall once again after two years.
To cultivate momentum not only in sports but also in Japanese culture in time for Tokyo 2020, "This is NIPPON Premium Theater '' will be the stage to fully deliver various performances and contents that represents Japan, making the appeal to the public both in Japan and overseas. It is the event that will be grasping public attention.
A "Software" that allows anyone to enter lyrics and melody to have the idol sing for them. A lot of creators made music with "Hatsune Miku" and posted their works on the Internet, and it became a movement. It has also attracted attention as a "character" and now is actively performing as a virtual singer, gaining worldwide popularity in various fields such as its brand of merchandise and live concerts, etc. In 2020, overseas concert tours will be held in Europe, the United States, and Canada, and large-scale events with live performances and special exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka have also been scheduled, spreading to a global range.
Taiko Performing Arts Group Kodo
Founded and based on Sado Island, the group seeks to transform the traditional art to meet present times, finding endless possibilities in traditional musical arts centered around the Taiko (Japanese drums). Debuted at the Berlin Art Festival in 1981, the group had since performed over 6,500 times in more than 50 countries and regions. In addition to theatrical performances, the group also participated in numerous exchange school performances aimed to boost interactions with elementary, junior, and senior high school students. The group co-star with artists of various genres, joining international art festivals and film music. From 2012 to 2016, the group invited Tamasaburo Bando to join as their artistic director. In 2017 they performed again with Tamasaburo Bando at Yugen, and in the following year participated in Kabuki-za, as a new kabuki performance piece "Yugen". In recent years, they have performed with artists of various genres, including Sayuri Ishikawa, AI, Chitose Moto, and Brahman, etc.. In 2019, the group made its first China tour in 19 years and performed at the opening ceremony of the “Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan”, and at the “National Stadium Opening Event-HELLO, OUR STADIUM”.