Noriko Tadano is an award-winning, virtuoso master of Japanese shamisen (a 3-string, banjo-like instrument) and a traditional Japanese vocalist, who has performed all over the world.
Well known for her appearance on Australia’s Got Talent. Noriko’s ability and drive to cross over between traditional and modern Japanese music have recently seen her perform with renowned world musicians as well as traditional Japanese artists.
Noriko also performs traditional Japanese folk songs (Minyo) which depict the life and feelings of ‘older’ Japan, centering on the themes of love, family and the close connection with nature.
Noriko’s workshops, whether at schools or functions are a cultural and educational feast. Along with clear explanations into the Shamisen itself, each piece of music she performs is accompanied by a story that paints a vivid picture to the audience. Audience interaction and participation are included which provide a unique experience every time and continually result in ongoing recommendations.
Noriko has collaborated with such a diverse range of musicians from Bob Sedergreen, Ash Grunwald, Dave Faulkner, Adam Simmons, Gerry Hale, Oisima, Hiro Hayashida as well as the great late Chris Wilson. With each collaboration, Noriko brings a unique element that continues to move well past the traditional. Noriko has also performed on national and international TV shows, theatre productions and provided music for short film and commercials.
Noriko’s focus in the near future is to not only continue to collaborate with musicians from all fields but also develop theater performances with a focus on womanism. It is within these unique artworks that she continues to express and share the emotions she has experienced in her life.