About Goma (Hiroki Morimoto)

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1973, Goma first encountered the didgeridoo in 1994. Three years later an Aboriginal Australian friend took him to Arnhem Land where he studied the instrument under Djalu Gurruwiwi, yidaki (didgeridoo) master craftsman and musician. Goma was eventually adopted into the Galpu clan and was also the first non-Indigenous person to win the Northern Land Council prize at the 1998 Barunga Didgeridoo Competition.

Goma founded a band called Jungle Rhythm Section upon his return to Japan. However, a near-fatal accident in 2009 left him with memory damage and almost ended his musical career. A sudden compulsion to paint earned him acclaim as a dot-painting artist until the didgeridoo eventually brought him back to music.

In 2012, he started the Jungle Didgeridoo Circle, a didgeridoo school in Tokyo where he continues to teach the instrument to both children and adults. These days he is primarily active as a visual artist and a musician, as well as a lecturer.

About Nobuhiko 'Sanpe' Chiba

Nobuhiko Chiba (Ainu name: Sanpe) started his musical career as a guitarist, and his performance capabilities have since extended to include singing, shamisen, and the five-stringed Ainu tonkori harp. Chiba encountered Ainu music in 1990 while being active as an accompanist and theatre musician, and began to study under the tutelage of Ainu elders in Hokkaido and the Kanto Region (Tokyo). Due to cultural sensitivities, for several years he chose not to be active as a performer of Ainu music, instead taking the stance of a researcher. However, in recent years, he has begun teaching younger Ainu generations their music tradition and performing with them in order to spread the beauty, pleasure and value of Ainu music.

Chiba has lectured widely on Ainu music at universities around Japan, and his publications include the chapter on Ainu music in The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music [2008]. He is currently formalising his research on Ainu musicology as a PhD candidate at Tokyo University of the Arts.


About Matthew Doyle

Matthew Doyle is one of Australia's most acclaimed indigenous performing artists: a musician, singer, dancer, composer, and choreographer. He is a descendant of the Muruwari Aboriginal nation from northwest NSW and is also of Irish heritage.

Since graduating from NAISDA Dance College, he has worked with numerous high profile artists and companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Riley Lee, and many more. Matthew has also performed at a number of major international events, including three Olympiads (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). He currently teaches at NAISDA and works in various schools and communities.

About Riley Lee

Dr Riley Lee began playing the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) in 1971, studying with Chikuho Sakai until 1980 and with Katsuya Yokoyama since 1984. He was given the rank of Dai Shihan (grand master) in 1980.

During his time living in Japan learning the shakuhachi, he also became a full-time performer of taiko, yokobue, and shakuhachi with Ondekoza (now called Kodo), a traditional Japanese ensemble. He moved to Australia with his family in 1986 in order to take up a PhD fellowship at the University of Sydney. He has since stayed in Sydney with his family, and went on to co-found TaikOz and collaborate with various musicians, playing the shakuhachi in various settings from atop the Sydney Opera House to inside the cavernous Jenolan Caves.

About Allan Marett

Prof Allan Marett is Emeritus Professor of Musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has taught ethnomusicology at the University of Sydney, Charles Darwin University, and Hong Kong University. He specialises in the research and study of Aboriginal song and music, and was co-founder of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia. He has published numerous books and papers on Aboriginal music traditions, including the award-winning book Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts: The Wangga of North Australia, which was culmination of nearly twenty years of research.

Allan’s research also extends to Japanese music. He has published widely on the Japanese Court Music tradition, gagaku. He has also written two Noh plays in English, in collaboration with Richard Emmert and Akira Matsui: Eliza (1989) and Oppenheimer (2015).