Brandon Lee and Mion Kamei
Time & Location
About the Event
The Boite's 2020 Matsudo Week concert focuses on Okinawa, the southernmost island of Japan, somewhat isolated from the mainland. Okinawan music uses a different scale, the folk music is upbeat and catchy. Featuring Brandon Lee on koto and Mion Kamei (Sanshin - Okinawan Shamisen). The concert will introduce the audience to the various styles of Okinawa music, while also presenting music from mainland Japan as a comparison
8:00pm, Saturday May 9th Tickets $15 from trybooking.com/BJBBF You will receive a link to watch the show when you purchase a ticket. Alternatively, you can support the whole series through The Boite's Patreon channel at https://www.patreon.com/theboite Tickets US$10
Mion Kamei is a Japanese shamisen guitar player who performed at various festivals and concerts in Japan and Canada. She was awarded as the best shamisen player in the Japanese classical entertainment comp in 2017 (hosted by Okinawa Times). Mion recently performed at Sydney opera house to attend a concert “Japan spectacular 2019”
Brandon Lee is a Japanese koto (zither) performer based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from Malaysia, he started the koto while attending university in Melbourne. He eventually moved to Japan and was a live-in apprentice for koto virtuoso Kazue Sawai in Tokyo. In 2011, he officially obtained his teaching and performance license from the Sawai Koto School. In 2014, he graduated with a Masters of Music from Monash University. Since moving back to Melbourne, Brandon has actively performed all around Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney, and Broome. He has performed at events and festivals such as, NGV’s Cool Japan, Broome’s Shinju Matsuri, and more. He has also performed internationally in Japan and America. Brandon performs both classical and contemporary for the koto but he is also interested in cross cultural collaboration in music and has worked with musicians like Anne Norman, Peter Knight, Andrea Keeble, and Sandy Evans.