Drumming up a storm in Manchester

David Upton

Kodo, one of the best known and most influential taiko performing arts ensembles in the world, returns to Manchester to drum in the new year on February 2 at The Bridgewater Hall.

This exclusive date for the North West is just one of five performances across the UK and marks the European première performances of Evolution.

Under the artistic direction of kabuki luminary Tamasaburo Bando, Evolution showcases the creative development of Kodo, its past, its present and its commitment to the future of taiko performing arts.

Based on Sado Island in northern Japan, Kodo debuted at the Berlin Festival in 1981. Since then, the internationally-renowned group of taiko drummers has presented more than 5,800 performances in 49 countries on five continents.