This documentary celebrates the bringing together of two very different musical traditions: the drumming techniques of Kodo Drummers of Sado Island, Japan, and the traditional Irish music performed by Donal Lunny and Coolfin.
Each year Kodo Drummers (Kodo translation: ‘heartbeat’ and ‘children of the drum’) host an international arts festival called Earth Celebration on Sado Island, Japan, inviting artists from around the world. Having invited Donal Lunny and his band to play at the 1996 and 1997 Earth Celebration, Kodo Drummers made their first trip to Dublin, Ireland, in July 1998 to perform at the Global Gathering with the Donal Lunny Band. From barely audible pianissimos to earth-shattering explosions of sound, Kodo masterfully combine primal energy with virtuoso refinement.
Interspersed with extensive performance footage of both Irish and Japanese traditions, Kodo’s Foreign Tour Manager, Takashi Akamine, describes the training that Kodo members receive, living communally in a converted schoolhouse in Sado Island where they spend two years learning taiko, dance, song and other traditional arts.
Featuring guest musicians Sharon Shannon, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Riverdance star Jean Butler, this particular fusion creates a sensational programme.
Filmed in the Main Hall, RDS, Dublin.