Momo Sakura - Composer, Kimono flautist

 

Very musical childhood

I was brought up in my  parents’ music shop, surrounded by many different types of music from Classical to Rock’n Roll!.

I started  playing the flute at the age of 10. (Joining the school band! ) 

I entered the Tokyo College of Music Majoring in music with Flute as my specific instrument. I devoted myself to practice, practice and practice! 

Because my dream has always been to become a musician, not a good one, but still a great one to this day. 

 

Big move to Australia

I came to Australia for the first time in 1991, taking part in the National Flute Convention. It was a huge shock for me, because at the time, I thought I had to take music very seriously aa the  time. I wonder, can we actually ENJOY the music? 

So, after graduating from the college, I decided to come back to Australia to have more fun! 

I became a full time student learning English, because I barely spoke any English then.

 I learned Aussie accents as well, which I am so proud of! 

 

Enjoy music to the full

I really enjoyed holding many musical concerts in Perth, to perform with the local musicians.

Also I shared my love and gift of playing with local high schools including St.Hilda’s school for girls. 

In September 2000, I suddenly started to write music myself. Never expected that would happen to me. The great love of music must be overflowing through me. It is my passion and one which I will continue to follow always.

In 2001, I paired up with a talented guitarist named Simon Rovis-Hermann, and we recorded our first album “Awakening” .

 Together we toured 12 places both in Australia and Japan. 

 

Giving spiritual advice

In 2005, I started to seeing people  giving spiritual advice. Since my childhood, I was good at seeing who they are at their core. Lots of people, lots of stories of lives. Over 1000 of them.

It is a gift which I treasure and feel honoured to help others/. 

In 2007, my work “Snow woman”(original story by Yakumo Koizumi) was premiered in Western Australia University, commissioned by the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth.

 

Touching the love on the street

 

In 2011,devastatingly the  Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan. I felt compelled to help these unfortunate victims and so I began  performing ith my music on the street of Perth. It was a moving experience, to feel the love from people, also was touched by the great power of music. We raised more than $5000 which was donated to charities.

In 2015 I was recognised as a “Western Australian Composer” by the State Library of Western Australia, where my collection of works has been archived. It was an unbelievable honour. One of which I am immensely proud.

 

Cancer experience

 In 2016, I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. I did not want at this time to follow the conventional method of treatment. I knew that we have the potential to strengthen our immune system and decided to follow an  holistic approach to healing myself with this method.


This experience has taught me so much about taking care of myself and living my life to the fullest.

 

My current fabulous days

I perform regularly as the unit “Flute Oboe” with a beautiful oboist Masayo Miyata. Our extensive repertoires have  over 200 pieces!

My vision toward the future is limitless, not only composing and performing music but also speaking about body and mind wellness. I would love to see you soon!

 


 

 

Tokyo-born Momo started playing the piano at the age of nine, then flute studies at the age of ten.
She studied at the Tokyo College of Music and gave her first solo recital in Perth.

She taught flute at St.Hilda's school of girls, Prendiville Catholic College, John Septimus Roe Anglican School in Perth from 1997 to 2001.

She is a professional interpreter recognized by NAATI. (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters )

Started composing in 2000.

In 2000, western australian guitarist, Simon Rovis-Hermann joined her, formed flute and guitar duo "SilverStrings", they toured Cairns and Japan, gave 12 concerts.

Started performance as Japanese "kimono" flautist since 2006.

Her first concert "Very Japanese Concert" was so popular, was sold out!

In 2007, she wrote her original work "the Snow woman" based on the story of "Yuki onna" by Yakumo Koizumi. The premiere performance was conducted by Consulate General of Japan in Perth.

In January 2009, her "kojo no tsuki" performance was used for TV documentary programme "Bombers moon" PBS Network, United states. http://www.frommistsoftime.org/portfolio/bombers-moon-girls-beneath-the-bombs/

In 2010, she completed the album "Ise ~heart of the Isuzu river" which is combination of natural river sound of the sacred Isuzu river and momochiyo’s flute sound. This album certainly gives an opportunity to meet something very ancient and sacred Japanese beauty.

Latest album is "ISE ~heart of Isuzu river~, available at iTunes store.

After the Great East Earthquake, March 2011, she had many charity performances in Australia.

 

 

Since 2015, State Library of Western Australia has her all works, and gave a full recognition as artistic heritage of Western Australia.

In August 2015, "Ubazakura" (The cherry tree of the milk nurse)!  English version 

She regularly gives concerts both in Australia and Japan.