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Kagura (music offered to the gods) is a form of traditional performing art using giant drums, performed at festivals at temples and shrines. Ondekoza is a troupe of percussionists utilizing this and other folk arts through... more »
Kagura (music offered to the gods) is a form of traditional performing art using giant drums, performed at festivals at temples and shrines. Ondekoza is a troupe of percussionists utilizing this and other folk arts through taiko (drum) music. Formed on Sado Island in 1969, they have pursued a rigorous and severe training and disciplined lifestyle that eventually led to some members splintering off to form the group Kodo. Ondekoza continue, however, creating lengthy and dramatic drum and percussion pieces, augmented by shakuhachi flute and koto, that build from a whisper to a scream. There is a great deal of theater to their performances, with loin-clothed drummers in highly stylized and ritualistic presentations, so any CD only conveys half the experience. However, the music itself is intense and full of drama, with the thunder of the taiko drums a formidable calling card, even for the gods. --Derek Rath
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Music as a sacred athletic event!
Algernon D'Ammassa | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Ondekoza are a band of Japanese musicians who live together, train rigorously together, and their performance - as recorded here - is absorbing, ritualized, and yet as exciting and demanding (on them) as an athletic event. (Indeed, before the schism in the group which led to the creation of Kodo, another group, they once gave a full concert immediately after running a marathon in the United States.) The selections here include interludes on shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, and an incendiary duet for samisen (a familiar-sounding plucked instrument with a sound similar to a banjo). Highly recommended for moving or serious listening."
Go see them in person!
Dianne | Tucson, AZ | 11/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fine CD, but you really have to see Ondekoza in person to fully appreciate them. If you've already seen them, this CD will bring back the excitement and profound inspiration of that experience. I don't know what the CD is like if you haven't already seen them perform live, because I'd seen them as well as the Kodo drummers 3 times before buying this CD. But it will certainly give you a taste of their supreme talents, and hopefully propel you to attend a live performance as soon as you can, too!"