音の和 (Oto no Wa): Harmony through Music
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About the Event
In an enchanting evening of music exploring cultural possibilities, Brandon Lee’s koto ensemble will collaborate with sitar player, Sarita McHarg, and Manmit Singh on tabla.
Brandon Lee has drawn this concert together, to foster new friendships and cultural exchange, in the spirit of the Whitehorse Sister City relationship. One of Australia’s oldest Sister Cities, Whitehorse-Matsudo celebrates annually with Matsudo Week, marking a post war gesture of peace. In this collaboration, traditional and modern koto pieces will be infused with the hypnotic melody and rhythm of sitar and tabla.
Brandon Lee’s love affair with Japanese koto led him from Malaysia to study in Australia and then to Japan as a live-in apprentice for koto virtuoso, Kazue Sawai, where he earned his teaching and performance licence. Eventually, he returned to Melbourne where he now trains other young enthusiasts in the classical Japanese zither, performs and collaborates here and with highly regarded, Sydney based player Satsuki Odamura and her students.
All India Radio artist, Sarita McHarg is steeped in the centuries’ old music cultures of India. A vocalist, she plays classical sitar and surbahar, and has worked closely with her father, Pandit Hira Singh Borliya, to publish a bi-lingual collection of 75 Malwa folk songs from their region in India. She has received awards from the University of Vikram and the Government of Madhya Pradesh for her work. Sarita is recognized for her spiritual playing style, her knowledge of classical ragas and her strong instrumentation. Years of playing across genres has exposed her to many Western musical threads, and she revels in collaborative explorations. Joining her in this adventure will be tabla player Manmit Singh.
This performance is presented with support from Creative Victoria and City of Whitehorse