Kagome CD cover

NADOYA Music and Dance Company featuring


  • Anne Norman (Artistic Director) - shakuhachi, ken tieu, ocarina, yokobue, kalimba, voice, bells...;
  • Satsuki Odamura - koto, bass koto;
  • Peter Neville - steel drum and percussion;
  • Michael Hewes - electric bass and processing;

Dancers & Voice

Nadoya's music ranges from subtle ambient textures through to raucous "experimental rock" numbers and beautiful lyrical pieces. This music was created collaboratively during exploratory sessions with three dancers in response to their movement and the underlying theatrical content. Enjoyable listening.


"...beautiful and totally absorbing" - Helen Thompson, The Age, Melbourne May1996

".. lyrical, expressive and profoundly moving. Kagome opens up new and endlessly fascinating territory" - Vicki Fairfax, Ausdance, June 1996

"...a dance theatre production of disturbing beauty... the musicians have produced a novel language of considerable potential." - Keith Field, the Melbourne Herald Sun, May 1996

"...a very enjoyable combination of highly sensory experiences... very stylish performers - all of them." - Geoffrey Milne, Sunday Arts & Leisure 3LO ABC Radio May 1996

"Best newcomers are... Nadoya Music and Dance Company with its fusion of Eastern and Western music styles, Butoh and contemporary dance in Kagome." - Review of 1996 dance season in Melbourne, The Age 3/1/97

"For those inspired by the music of South-East Asia, or those who enjoy music that has its own dramatic stories, Nadoya's bitter-sweet offering makes mesmerising listening." - CD review in Niche guide #1, March 98

"Despite the rise of the lunatic racist right in recent elections, Australia remains one of the most multi-cultural places on the planet. More than 50% of the country's population is either first or second generation migrants. So it's not surprising to see cross-cultural groups and musicians flourishing here. Nadoya is one of the most interesting of these. ... The sheer good will and co-operativeness of the group is manifest in the many kinds of playing. The koto can just as much be expected to play a Western chord progression as the bass can be expected to bend notes to match the koto in traditional Japanese mode. Norman's shakuhachi is extremely versatile, sounding pure Zen one moment, and Western-minimal the next. Along the way a whole variety of other sound sources are used, such as ken tieu (Vietnamese oboe), a steel bowl from the top of a power pole, steel drums, toy cicadas, and even crutches (from one of the dancers who broke a foot in rehearsals!). And yet,... its all done with integrity and concentration, making a music that is unique to its own cross-cultural time and place, and is very beautiful." Warren Burt, "Experimental Musical Instruments" PO Box 789, Nicasio, Ca 94946 USA

Further Information on Kagome

Released by AMN Productions AMN002, 1996