Harbour Market Concert “Kodo Next Generation 2019”

Kodo Next Generation is back! After its premiere at EC 2017, then a concert series in Paris last year, this summer the young Kodo cast will jumpstart EC with its first main stage performance. These powerhouses are going to fire up the festival with their boundless energy!


Aug. 16 (Fri) Start 19:00/End 20:45 (Approx) *Held rain or shine


Ogi Port Park Event Stage


Area S Adults 5,500 yen, Ages 6–14 2,000 yen (+300 yen on the day) SOLD OUT

Area A Adults 4,500 yen, Ages 6–14 1,000 yen (+300 yen on the day)
3-Day Pass 15,000 yen (Area S only) SOLD OUT
*Preschoolers (ages 5 & under) receive free admission


Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga (Kodo)


Kodo  (Jun Jidai, Koki Miura, Kengo Watanabe, Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga, Hayato Otsuka, Reo Kitabayashi, Mizuki Yoneyama, Issei Kohira, Yuta Kimura, Seita Saegusa, Chie Yamawaki, Shun Takuma, Moe Niiyama)


1000 people


Kodo Next Generation

In 2017, Kodo’s Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga made his directorial debut at EC Theatre with “Kodo Next Generation,” a dynamic work featuring an energetic cast of the ensemble’s newest members. The young performers created their own performance filled with passionate intent to uphold the essence of Kodo that was passed down to them by past generations.

On seeing the premiere of Kodo Next Generation at EC 2017, celebrated stage director Ariane Mnouchkine, founder of French theatrical troupe Théâtre du Soleil, offered to host the production in Paris. The following year, the work made its foreign debut at Festival Paris l’Été in July 2018 with five sold out performances at Théâtre du Soleil. Off the back of this successful season, the energetic cast of young Kodo members returns to the stage in Japan with new spirit and force.


Artist Profile

Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form.

Since the group’s debut at Berliner Festspiele in 1981, Kodo has given over 6,000 performances in 50 countries on five continents. The ensemble has also participated in a wide range of projects and events, which includes headlining major international festivals, contributing to motion picture soundtracks, and collaborating with a wide variety of global performing arts leaders. Kodo invited Kabuki luminary Tamasaburo Bando to the ensemble artistic director from 2012 through 2016.

Kodo launched Earth Celebration in 1988 and every year since the ensemble has welcomed guest artists from around the world to Sado Island for unprecedented musical and cultural collaborations. This yearly infusion of energy and sound is an essential source of inspiration for Kodo’s ever-evolving creative activities.

Kodo Official Website

Ticket Availability

Tickets go on sale on May 15 (Wed) at 9:30 am (JST). See here for details.