Past & Upcoming events


Sunday 14th November, 2021
Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga, Adelaide, South Australia

2021 Multicultural Festival

The Multicultural Festival is organised by Multicultural Affairs, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and is the State Government’s flagship event for promoting and showcasing multiculturalism in South Australia.

The Multicultural Festival embodies the concept of interculturalism, which describes a dynamic inclusion of and interaction between all cultures within the community, from which all of society benefits.

Held every second year since 2013, the Multicultural Festival features multiple stages, intercultural activities and stalls for community groups to showcase their cultural heritage through art, craft, food, dance, music and activities in a large-scale, positive and celebratory platform.

The 2021 Multicultural Festival is scheduled to be held on Sunday 14 November from 11am – 5pm  in Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga, Adelaide.

Noriko Tadano’s performance time is TBC as the program is yet to be released.

Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 7:00PM & Fri, 29 Oct 2021, 7:30PM
Lucky Dumpling Market, Elder Park, Adelaide. Australia

Noriko Tadano & Adam Ritchie – OzAsia Festival

In a dynamic musical pairing, renowned Japanese Shamisen virtuoso Noriko Tadano collaborates with multi-award winning film composer and sound designer Adam Ritchie to present an exciting new instrumental work.

Created during the development of a theatre project titled ‘Yasha’s Lullaby’, their performance will share a curated section of the production’s soundtrack morphing traditional Japanese music with live modular synths. Blurring the line between music and sound design, this collaboration is yet another example of Noriko breaking boundaries and creating new, unique works with local Australian artists.

This is a free event suitable for all ages.

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s  OzAsia Festival

Saturday 11 September 2021, 7.30pm
Nexus Arts, Adelaide. Australia


Nexus Arts presents the premiere performance of a new commissioned collaborative work from master shamisen virtuoso, Noriko Tadano, and composer and sound artist, Adam Ritchie. Two stellar performers from contrasting musical backgrounds come together to explore new sonic possibilities in a performance that will intrigue and engage.

Nexus Arts
Saturday 11 September 2021, 7.30pm
Duration: 50 minutes

This performance will be presented in person and live streamed.


27th November 2020
Rehearsal Room - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

inSPACE 2020 – Yasha’s Lullaby

Old traditions and imbalances collide in a powerful modern themed musical theatre production constructed by Noriko Tadano. Exploring confronting issues that women still face in this modern world, Noriko uses her Shamisen, voice and experiences to shine a blinding light on the lack of real progress.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE program is a cutting-edge, grassroots and innovative program that supports some of South Australia’s most talented, independent artists. See hot new talent across all art forms including: theatre, dance, visual arts and music. Be part of the artistic conversation: sharing, contributing and discovering how art is created behind the scenes. This creative blurring of the line between artist and audience reinforces Adelaide Festival Centre’s philosophy – Arts for All – that the arts belong to everyone.

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Friday 10th April 2020 at 11:00am

Live Tribe GATHERING – Online Festival

Connect . Gather . Unify 🙏🙏🙏

Live Tribe GATHERING – An amazing Gathering / online Festival. Live Concerts . Live Workshops . Live talks . Live Yoga . Live Meditations . We have gathered incredible people to share live online performances and connect with YOU!  This is a time of change. It’s our chance to make a difference, raise our frequency and connect with each other!

Noriko performs solo and incorporates singing as well as Shamisen.

Sat 19 Oct 2019, 5:00pm & 7:00pm
Lucky Dumpling Market during OzAsia - King William St, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Oz Asia – Adam Page & Noriko Tadano

Creating contemporary music with traditional instruments and looping techniques, Adam Page’s music skills are paired with master shamisen virtuoso and vocalist Noriko Tadano. This premiere collaboration will feature a mixture of instruments including the Indian Bansuri flute and the Japanese shamisen. These two WOMADelaide alumni join forces to forge a melting pot of cultural influences and technology, for a fun-filled musical journey across Asia.

Wednesday 27 November 2019, 7:30pm
Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000, Sydney, Australia

Art After Hours – Noriko Tadano

Performance by Noriko Tadano as part of the ‘Art After Hours’ series, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.

‘Art After Hours’ is a series held Wednesday evening where the Art Gallery of NSW offers a regular program of live music, lectures and celebrity talks, drawing workshops, film screenings, gallery tours and, of course, nocturnal access to its latest exhibitions.

The Japan Supernatural exhibition presents wildly imaginative works by Japanese artists past and present – from the pioneering work of the 18th-century painter Toriyama Sekien to contemporary superstar Takashi Murakami.

The original music was designed to respond to the themes of the exhibition featuring Noriko Tadano on voice, shamisen and kokyu and Toshi Sakamoto of Wadaiko Rindo on taiko percussion. Japan Supernatural was a finalist in the international Museum and the Web GLAMi (The Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums Innovation) Awards 2020.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 6 PM
The Church of all Nations, Carlton

Silk and Bamboo – Koto, Shakuhachi and Shamisen collaboration concert

A Melbourne first! Brandon Lee (koto), Lindsay Dugan (Shakuhachi), Noriko Tadano (Tsugaru Shamisen), and Satsuki Odamura from Sydney (Koto), will be presenting a program full of collaborations and new partnerships!

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 7:15 PM – 10 PM
Tanks Arts Centre - 46 Collins Ave, Cairns, Queensland 4870

Fanta Stick Taiko Beat – Fusion of Japan

The Australian Cultural Fund is a fundraising platform for Australian artists. It is managed by Creative Partnerships Australia and was established by the Australian Government in 2003 to encourage donations to the arts.

Noriko Tadano, Shamisen (Japanese Banjo) player, well known for her appearance on Australia’s Got Talent and traditional Japanese Drum (Taiko) performer Hiro Hayashida and his group ZI-PANG will perform alongside Chieko Kojima, a distinguished member of the “Kodo” Japanese performing arts ensemble. They will be joined by performers from the Cairns Taiko group, Drum ∞ (Infinity Mugendai Inc)