Join the Brandon Lee Koto Ensemble for an evening dedicated to koto music. Drawing from a rich repertoire, pieces will range from the traditional to contemporary and exciting pieces. They will be joined by the amazing Amla Periakarpan, who specialises in loop music using a combination of instruments such as violin, flute, drums, and more.
Together, these musicians will take you on an unforgettable musical journey.
After a fractured year of some live and some online music, marked for Brandon Lee by a series of cross cultural collaborations, this 2022 post lockdown concert presents an invitation to revisit the classic koto repertoire.
Working with the Koto Ensemble this year will be flute player Amla Periakarpan. The combination of a wind instrument and a wind themed composition for koto inspired the selection of this year’s title for the 2022 concert for Matsudo Week in Whitehorse.
One of Australia’s longest standing Sister City relationships, Whitehorse annually renews a post-war gesture of peace, through its partnership with Matsudo in Japan. Annually The Boite embraces this collaborative opportunity to work with musicians specialising in the music of Japan.
This Vedic Vibe ensemble will take you on an unusual journey from the cherry blossom trees of Japan to the souks of the Middle East via India, Europe and lands far beyond.
They summon the depths of ancient traditions to take listeners and participants on an inner adventure that traverses various emotional terrains before arriving at the source of bliss.
The classically trained musicians, three of whom have earned masters in music degrees at Melbourne University and Monash University, will fill your heart and nourish your soul with the sounds of the Persian oud, Japanese koto, Indian merdang drum and harmonium, and the violin and flute.
Together the foursome draw on sacred Sanskrit texts, the teachings of mystics and also Western sounds with an Eastern edge. They are a surprise to the ear, a delight for the senses and a balm for the soul.
The Brandon Lee Koto Ensemble is joined by virtuoso sitarist, Sarita McHarg and tabla player, Manmit Singh in this rare concert. Resonance will explore the interaction between these very different musical cultures, in order to create something truly unique and magical.
Indian snacks and Japanese tea will be sold by Cha Haus on the day
In the event of any changes due to COVID restrictions, we will strive to contact you as soon as possible.
Double Vaccination and Check in will be required.
We will have a live performance to celebrate Harmony Day 🎵
We will be experimenting on a new way to express some poems with our respective tools and instruments together by improvising.
Junko Azukawa (Japanese ink) will express the poems with her ink and brush on to a screen while Brandon Lee (Japanese koto/zither), Sarita McHarg (Sitar), and Manmit Singh (Tabla) will bring together the sounds of Japan and India in a rare fusion of cultures inspired by the poems.