Noriko Tadano, George Kamikawa & Anne Norman

Matsudo Week Celebration at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre.

Noriko Tadano plays the ancient, traditional Japanese shamisen. In Australia, she has given it a new life, playing punchy percussive accompaniment is the infamous bluesman, George Kamikawa.
George & Noriko's music is a blend of blues and traditional Japanese music. Winners of the 2008 Australian Busking Championships, and the infinite ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Award at the National Folk Festival in Canberra with their version of ‘Sweet Transvestite’! They have an extensive performance itinerary behind them, including being finalists on Australia’s Got Talent and touring Japan with the release of their second album 'Howlin’ Sun'. Joined by renouned shakuhachi player,  Anne Norman for the Matsudo Week concert


Noriko Tadano is an award-winning, virtuoso master of the Japanese shamisen (a 3-string, banjo-like instrument) and a traditional Japanese vocalist, who has performed all over the world. Noriko’s ability and drive to cross over between traditional and modern Japanese music has recently seen her perform with renowned world musicians as well as traditional Japanese artists.
Noriko’s achievements include the ‘2009 Head Judge’s Special Award’ at the National Japanese Shamisen Competition held in Hirosaki – Japan, and performances at Sydney Opera House and WOMADelaide with George Kamikawa.

Percussionist and guitarist, George Kamikawa hails from Japan and has spent the last 15 years honing his skills to become an exemplary country blues artist. Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy he has played at various venues and festivals throughout Australia winning the Tamworth Country Music Busking Championships in 2003 and playing regularly on the legendary Blues Train in Queenscliff. His raw energy and broad tonal range-from delicate harmonics to searing rips and slides on guitar, soulful singing and driving rhythms on harmonica. You can catch George busking in Bourke St Mall in the Melbourne cbd.

Anne Norman is a shakuhachi performer, improviser and composer, working in a diverse range of music creation. From traditional and contemporary Japanese, European and Australian art music, to cross-over fusion, and free-form impro with musicians of various cultural heritages. Anne also collaborates with visual artists, dancers and actors, and has performed in Australia, Japan, America and Europe.
"Anne ‘sings’ the pure voice of the shakuhachi with the sense of freedom and sheer ecstasy of a gifted singer!" - Mareid Sullivan, Alternate Music Press, May 2011


8PM, Friday 11th May
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station St, Box Hill
Tickets: $25/ $18
Enquiries: 9417 1983

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 20:00 to 22:30
Box Hill Community Arts Centre
Noriko Tadano, George Kamikawa & Anne Norman
Performance Type
9417 1983
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