Adrian Sherriff - bass trombone; Satsuki Odamura – koto; Tunji Beier - percussion
A word meaning ‘spring’ or ‘native well’, PRRIM is the name adopted by three exceptional Australian musicians of diverse backgrounds, to encapsulate the vision and thrust of the music they make together - Satsuki Odamura on koto, Tunji Beier on South Indian percussion and Adrian Sherriff on bass trombone.
While the name of the group comes from the language of the indigenous Wembawemba people of Western Victoria, the music casts a wide net, encompassing a range of traditions from across the world, including: South Indian, Japanese and Indonesian - with a touch of jazz.
True to its name, the ensemble is fresh, alive and spontaneous, focusing on improvisation and original compositions which traverse a broad emotional palette. A particular fascination of the group is the exploration of the South Indian rhythmic tradition as a creative springboard for their musical adventures. Sharing a common passion for heartfelt communication through sound, together they display exceptional dynamic rapport and synergy.
Tunji Beier was inspired to study drumming at a very early age and continues to seek out new forms in the development of his work. He has incorporated teachings from Western Classical, Jazz, South Indian Classical and West African (Yoruba & Persian) masters into a unique style of his own that also includes elements of electronics and looping. Special tribute must be given to his guru, T.A.S. Mani & his wife R.A. Ramamani, of the Karnataka College Of Percussion for accepting Tunji into their home as a disciple at the age of 16. Tunji completed the Karnataka State exam in mridangam achieving first rank in his year and also received honors from the Karnataka College Of Percussion. Tunji is currently working in Gary Daly’s projects, Sanctuary & Bungarribee, Shaun Parker’s dance piece with composer Nick Wales, “AM I” (which premiered at the Opera House for the Sydney Festival 2014), and Linsey Pollak’s new project, “Mrs.Curly & The Norwegian Smoking Pipe”.
Tunji has had the delight of performing with exceptional musicians; Zakir Hussain, Billy Cobham, Charlie Mariano, R.A.Ramamani, Iain Ballamy, Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Djamched, Kehan & Bijan Chemirani, Rabiu Ayandokun, Trilok Gurtu, Keyhan Kalhoor and many other significant players.”.
Adrian is Australia’s leading improvising soloist on the bass trombone. He is also an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist and his performance in PRRIM also encompasses the shakuhachi and a wide array of other instruments. Since 2007, he has been the musical director of the Australian Art Orchestra's award winning Two Oceans South Indian music collaboration with Guru Karaikudi Mani. He has also collaborated with international musicians including Steve Lacy, Palle Mikkelborg and Django Bates and local musicians including Ted Vining, Bob Sedergreen, Paul Grabowsky, Mike Nock, Sandy Evans, Scott Tinkler, Bobby Singh and Andrea Keller.
Satsuki is a Japanese koto virtuoso, who has pioneered the teaching and performing of this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia. She was taught at the Sawai Koto School of Music in Tokyo by legendary koto players Tadao and Kazue Sawai, gaining her Shihan or master license in 1985. Three years later, she moved to Australia to establish the local branch of the Sawai School. Since that time, she has inspired a number of Australian composers to write for her instrument, including Peter Sculthorpe, Liza Lim, Carl Vine, Barry Connyngham and Mark Isaacs.
Satsuki has worked with a number of musicians from other genres, including jazz, classical and other styles. She is a member of the world music group Waratah with Sandy Evans and Tony Lewis, the contemporary music ensemble Elision and the jazz fusion group GEST 8. Her performances in 2012 include the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui and “Tears of St. Peter” with the Song Company in Sydney.
She established the Koto Music Institute in 2007 to broaden and promote the appeal of koto music in Australia. Her koto ensemble, the Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble, based in Sydney, has performed widely around Australia and overseas.
She has recorded three of her own albums in collaboration with Australian musicians and, in the process, has found new and exciting contexts for this traditional Japanese instrument. Her most recent CD, Koto Dreaming, was released in 2006.