The first rhythm of music we hear is from our mother, an ever-pounding heartbeat of life. Once out into the world we start making our own tempo to the beat of our own drum; Japanese Kodo Drummers beats teem with traditional roots, nature and values rediscovering the taiko, the world’s oldest instrument. Used in Shinto ceremonies, Buddhist rituals and acts linking spirits to nature for abundant crops, Kodo drummers now explore the limitless depth and range of their instrument while also learning dance, song, stagecraft and other ancestral instruments. It is a strenuous regimen to become part of this select ensemble, only few apprentices make it but you just have to roll in to downtown. Get your heart pounding; it’s the original rhythm of life.