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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 41 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001AHKH46
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Kodo Drummers live on the remote island of Sado in the Sea of Japan, where they devote their lives to practising and performing traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming. In this performance, they are joined by Donal Lunny, Coolfin, Sharon Shannon and Jean Butler.

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This DVD presents concert footage from 1998 recorded in Dublin. The concert features performances by Kodo Drummers and Irish group Coolfin led by Donal Lunny, and documentary footage about Kodo and their home on Sado Island, and introduces the concert and performers. As an introduction to Kodo, it's informative and interesting, and the brief performances by Kodo are stunning. The Irish music is also nicely done, featuring Coolfin with solos by Mary O'Neil (the traditional ballad Go, My Love), the fiddle of Sharon Shannon, and a stepdance by Jean Butler to a Donal Lunny tune. Several of the Coolfin songs are also on their 1998 CD. The music featuring both bands together works quite well as both Kodo and Coolfin use the flute as a solo instrument.

The DVD runs for 51 minutes, not the 49 minutes stated on the package and certainly not the 114 minuntes shown in the Amazon product details, which also confusingly give the release date as 2008.

I was fortunate to see Kodo at a concert in Corsica where they performed in a concert hall in Bastia, and again in the open air with Corsican group A Filetta in Calvi. Their live performances are stunning. If you thought Gene Krupa was exciting or Evelyn Glennie inventive, you should try Kodo. Live if possible.
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