Leonard Eto Club "Leo"
Jun 8 (thu.) Shinjuku PIT INN / Tokyo
open 19:30 start 20:00
Leonard Eto (taiko), Fumio Itabashi (pf.), Keisuke Ohta (vln.)
adv. 3,800 yen (incl. 1drink)
info. Shinjuku PIT INN 03-3354-2024 http://www.pit-inn.com/
2-12-4 Accord bldg. B1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Jun 15 (thu.) Kyoto RAG / Kyoto
Leonard Eto (taiko), Keisuke Ohta (vln.), Yuji Uragami (tap)
open 18:30 start 19:30
adv. 4,000 yen+ 1drink, 1food
info. Kyoto RAG 075-255-7273 https://www.ragnet.co.jp/livespot/ Sanjo agaru, Kyoto Empire bldg. 5F, Kiyamachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Leo Classics "Sounds that are to remain and be left in the 22nd century."
The 22nd century is 83 years from now. The materials used for taiko have
a good chance of being replaced with new ones. Will new styles of expression
come into being accordingly? I am skeptical about it. If the essence of
the taiko sound is not known, the attractive expression can't arise. Rather,
the taiko culture itself might vanish. It has been quite a while since taiko was made to appear in various events
(which don't seem to be related to music nor culture) at home and abroad.
Some groups do showy performances just for the sake of regional vitalization.
Others are eager in going on stage overseas in any case. As a result, today's
performance of taiko can't be seen not as music but as nothing more than
"means to an end".
In the 1980s, when I, along with other members of Kodo, played the Katsugi
Oke taiko and Hirado O-taiko with all smiles, establishing a taiko ensemble,
the seeds of creation were sowed around the world. At that time, the reaction
from the audience was controversial. But we didn’t give up. This is because
taiko is not a "means"; it is undoubtedly "our way of expression!"
As the historical background is totally different, it might be meaningless
to argue about the difference between the original and an imitation. But
for better or worse, being the one that generated this current, I feel
that I must face the world of taiko with a broad vision once again. Even
if time changes and the material is lost and becomes different, I hope
that the spirit and wisdom when engaging with taiko will be handed down
to the next generation forever. Of course I have no intention to deny my
message carried through the tunes "ZOKU" and "IRODORI",
which I composed in the 1980s. But these tunes have already been evaluated
quite enough. If they are loved from now on, they should remain anyway
without my taking any action. Tunes are to get around by themselves as
soon as they come into existence.
How much can I express with only the sound of taiko? I am thinking about
adding a taiko ensemble to my music career once again. Scenes that attract
the audience do not appear from transient events; they are created by everyday
Now, "Leo Classics" starts.
kaDON is a new online venture dedicated to producing high quality instructional videos for taiko and fue. Simply out, kaDON is the world's best place to learn taiko and fue online.
In this introductory course, taiko legend Leonard Eto teaches the ins and outs of Katsugi Okedo from its history to the development of the modern playing style, roping
and maintenance to step-by-step lessons on how to play the Katsugi Okedo
while controlling and becoming one with taiko. http://kadon.com/course/exploring-katsugi/
"Silently She Dances" dance ver.
Direction: Leonard Eto, Script: Tsunehiro Takashina
Choreography: Niina Maeda, Naoki Inui
Cultural Envoy Year 2013-2014
Leonard Eto has accomplished the mission as the Japan Cultural Envoy for one year from August in 2013 to July in 2014. This movie is only a part of his activities. Please enjoy it!
The Japanese people have held a sense of fear against nature from ancient times, so we held festivals and prayed for abundant harvest and sound health. The core of the festivals have been the Japanese taiko and dancing.Japan
is now in a serious situation, but as a musician, my role stays the same as before. I continue to communicate aggressively through music with people who possess different values, search for something we have in common and
arrange it in a form of music and performance. Now, we must seriously accept messages from nature which support human activities and move on. I believe that this leads to being creative. Stay positive.