© Shari Marks
© Shari Marks

Mitsune is a dynamic world music ensemble with members hailing from Japan, Germany, Australia and Greece. Fronted by an all-female trio of Shamisen players, and backed by a rhythm section of percussion & double bass, Mitsune is a world fusion experience that evokes emotion, folklore imagery and grooves to get your body moving. The heart and soul of Mitsune is the Tsugaru shamisen, a distinctive 3-stringed Japanese folk instrument once favoured by the blind monks of olden Japan.

The band performs an exciting mix of Japanese folk songs, virtuosic modern repertoire and original compositions & arrangements drawing from Middle Eastern, blues, folk and rock influences. Their concerts are joyous and engaging, spiced with vocals, violin, shinobue (bamboo flute), shimedaiko (drum), and of course a colourful and organic rhythm section delivering bass and driving beats.