Noriko Tadano plays both traditional Japanese folk songs (minyo) as well as original pieces on the Tsugaru Shamisen (Japanese Banjo). She has been playing Shamisen since she was 6 years old and has performed in Japan and at Festivals and events all over Australia. Noriko’s ability and drive to cross over between traditional and modern Japanese music has recently seen her perform with renown blues and jazz musicians as well as traditional Japanese musicians. While traditional Minyo depicts the life and feelings of ‘older’ Japan, centering around the themes of love, family and the close connection with nature, Noriko’s original pieces explore feelings and experiences through melodic notes and often heart pounding beats.
Noriko’s recent adventures include the ‘2009 Head Judges’ Special Award’ at the National Japanese Shamisen Competition held in Hirosaki – Japan, a solo performance at the Sydney Opera House and a number of dynamic shows at the International WOMADelaide world music festival with George Kamikawa 2010. She also performed on the popular ABC music quiz show ‘Spicks and Specks’ in February 2010.
You may have seen her here ….
Music TV show appearance “Spicks and Specks” at ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
WOMADelaide with George Kamikawa
Tonga concert organised by Japan Foundation and Embassy of Japan in Tonga with Toshi Sakamoto
Soccer World Cup 2010 FIFA Fun Fest in Sydney Darling Harbour
“Mix it Up” concert at the Arts Centre Haymer Hall Melbourne, VIC
Australia Day Voyages Music Event at Melbourne Federation Square
Sydney Opera House Japan Australia Music Goodwill Mission Concert in Sydney