In Japanese culture the concept of Ma is very important. It is in this space or silence that one listens to the fading of the notes and feels the tension and emotion of the performer. In a poetic way, the spirit of Ma makes space for new genres in Satsuki’s Australia.
Satsuki Odamura is a koto virtuoso, who has pioneered this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia. She works with musicians from other genres, such as jazz and classical music, inspiring composers who have no previous knowledge of the koto or its cultural setting. She has recorded three of her own albums in collaborations with Australian musicians and in the process, has found new directions for the koto in Australia. www.satsukikoto.com.au
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