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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 5, 2007

Kodo, Japanese ritual drumming ensemble,
to show speed, dexterity, muscular endurance

Japanese ritual drumming ensemble performance
Thursday (March 8), 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus

Media representatives are invited to attend and cover a Carolina Performing Arts performance by Kodo, an international Japanese drum ensemble. The sold-out performance at Memorial Hall will explore the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, and will present reinterpretations of a vibrant living art form.

“Kodo” is a Japanese word for “heartbeat,” which ensemble members say is the primal source of all rhythm. Founded in 1981, Kodo has at times been composed of as many as 30 male and female members. The ensemble has presented more than 2,700 performances on five continents and has collaborated with other artists and composers to produce new fusion and forms, displaying intoxicating speed, dexterity, precision and muscular endurance.

To download a free video clip of a Kodo performance, which features vibrant music, costumes and motion, visit www.carolinaperformingarts.org/media. The site also contains artist media kits and downloadable photos.

To arrange to cover the performance, contact Don Smith, (919) 843-3119, donsmith@email.unc.edu, or Jennifer Warner, (919) 966-3834, jenniferwarner@unc.edu, at Carolina Performing Arts.

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