The renowned percussionist Tunji Beier returns to Live at the Village, Springwood, October 3rd with the trio PRRIM. Tunji is joined by koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura and bass trombonist and multi instrumentalist Adrian Sherriff to play music starting with south Indian rhythms and drawing from other traditions, with a touch of jazz. PRRIM means ‘spring’ and ‘native well’ and was chosen by the musicians to describe their approach to improvisation and composition.
Tunji Beier combines training with western classical, jazz, south Indian classical and African masters into a style of his own. He performed in Gary Daley’s Sanctuary concert and also at Springwood with Bungarribee. He has also played with Linsey Pollak and in Europe with Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain and Trilok Gurtu.
Satsuki Odamura has inspired a number of Australian composers to write for her ancient Japanese instrument including Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards. She has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians including Jim Denley and Sandy Evans, Ashok Roy, shakuhachi master Riley Lee, and the ACO. “Odamura’s playing is spell-binding” Limelight magazine.
A member of the Australian Art Orchestra, Adrian Sherriff is Australia’s leading improvising soloist on the bass trombone. In PRRIM he also plays the shakuhachi and other instruments. With the influence of a childhood in West Papua, Adrian has studied and performed with master musicians in a variety of cultures. He and Tunji have strong ties with their respective Indian teachers and PRRIM are opening an arts festival in Bangalore in coming months.