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Satsuki Odamura
Music/Sound | Traditional Japanese Music   (NSW)

Satsuki is a Japanese koto virtuoso, who has pioneered the teaching and performing of this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia. 

She was taught at the Sawai Koto School of Music in Tokyo by legendary koto players Tadao and Kazue Sawai, gaining her Shihan or master license in 1985. Three years later, she moved to Australia to establish the local branch of the Sawai School. Since that time, she has inspired a number of Australian composers to write for her instrument, including Peter Sculthorpe, Liza Lim, Carl Vine, Barry Connyngham and Mark Isaacs. 

Satsuki has worked with a number of musicians from other genres, including jazz, classical and other styles. She is a member of the world music group Waratah with Sandy Evans and Tony Lewis, the contemporary music ensemble Elision and the jazz fusion group GEST 8. She established the Koto Music Institute in 2007 to broaden and promote the appeal of koto music in Australia. Her koto ensemble, based in Sydney, has performed widely around Australia and overseas. 

She has recorded three of her own albums in collaboration with Australian musicians and, in the process, has found new and exciting contexts for this traditional Japanese instrument. Her most recent CD, Koto Dreaming, was released in 2006
Photos by Mayu Kanamori
Website: http://www.satsukikoto.com.au/
Email: satsuki@satsukikoto.com.au
Links: CHINKON- YouTube
Gest8 - Inner Space YouTube
Mobile: 040 900 8878