Filmmaker Toshiaki Toyoda’s portrait of the collaboration between the emerging contemporary musician Koshiro Hino and the Sado Island-based Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble “Kodo”, a new audiovisual experience “Shiver” will be released now on JFF+ INDEPENDENT CINEMA from 5:00 p.m. (JST) on March 15th till June 15th 2023. The entire movie was recorded at the rehearsal hall in Kodo village and Sado Island. https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/independent-cinema/film-lineup/shiver/
/// The more I learned about Kodo through this production, I sensed the power of tradition, and realised the reason why it continues to exist until today. The vibration of air, the thunder of wood, and the beauty of drummers hitting Taikos, can never be heard through speakers. I was genuinely impressed by their overwhelming and persuasive power, and deeply experienced the essence of facing tradition. On top of this experience, the production begins from questioning the common senses and abandoning the music to be formed. I searched for a simple vibration of sound and gave it a rhythm. Some of those rhythms tangled with each other to form a larger movement, and eventually became a piece of music. We did not separate our roles as just “a composer” and “Kodo”, but as companions, we rediscovered the instruments’ sound, playing methods, and groove. Therefore, this is not simply “a composition dedicated to Kodo”; but rather a record that we together worked as if we were re-experiencing the excitement and discoveries of the time of Kodo’s debut.
“Shiver” will be released now on JFF+ INDEPENDENT CINEMA from 5:00 p.m. (JST) on March 15th till June 15th 2023. Watch from here! https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/independent-cinema/film-lineup/shiver/