“My Return to Earth Celebration after 18 Years” Leonard Eto, Shiroyama Concert Guest
Long time no see! And it’s nice to meet you. I’ll be performing at the Earth Celebration for the first time in 18 years.
If I were to personify the Kodo that I was a part of 18 years ago, I’d say Kodo was a young man. In order to pull off the outdoor festival, we compensated for our lack of skill and experience with sheer physical stamina and energy, and I remember learning new modes of expression every year. 18 years ago Suar Agung also performed at the festival. Hearing their sound felt like breathing in the mature scent of an ancient forest. And now, this summer, after 18 years, we will be reunited. Personally I feel less a sense of nostalgia, but rather joy and gratitude at having this new opportunity to share a creative space. Whether as a group or as individuals, reunion amongst artists will no doubt spark a “honeymoon” for new creative relationships. My head is already spinning with images of new sounds being created for the future.