World, Latin, & Reggae


When: Sat., Jan. 31, 8 p.m. 2015

Drumming fulfills practical and ritual roles in cultures around the world, and it has done so throughout recorded history. Everyone can intuit the reason: Deep percussive pulses rattle the primal instincts latent in our psyches, as if a mallet striking stretched animal hide could undo centuries of civilization’s social conditioning. Few ensembles resonate with listeners’ primordial core like Kodo, the world’s best-known practitioners of Japanese Taiko drumming. An ancient practice with roots in Japanese myth, community, and war, Taiko drumming involves the merciless bashing of massive unpitched drums with mallets, typically by chiseled, shirtless men. As you watch in the comfort of Zellerbach Hall (101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley), where Kodo is set to perform on Saturday, be mindful not to regress too far for polite society.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $28 and up

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