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Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai

AUSTRALIAN SINGER/SONGWRITER STU LARSEN AND JAPANESE MUSICIAN NATSUKI KURAI WORLDWIDE TOUR

Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai

Tim Hart

Sat, August 18

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai
Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai
May 14, 2018 – Australian born and self-described vagabond Stu Larsen and Japanese harmonica player Natsuki Kurai have announced a worldwide tour that will take them through North America, UK, Europe and Japan. In May, the duo will perform several dates in Japan before heading to the US & Canada later this summer and then on to the UK and Europe later in the year. Full list of dates below.
Earlier this month, the duo released their second EP together, aptly titled Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai II (via Nettwerk Records). The 4-song EP includes two original tracks – “My Poor Father” and “Hajimari” – but, also two reinterpretations of tracks from Larsen’s last album Resolute – “Chicago Song” and “Going Back To Bowenville.” Natsuki adds a swagger and energy to Stu’s observations on life from his travels.
Nearly eight years ago, Natsuki and Larsen met in the middle of Tokyo and quickly connected with each other. “I spoke no Japanese and Natsuki didn’t speak English so we found we had to communicate in other ways. We both agree that this allowed us to form a deeper connection, without words,” says Larsen. Since then, they’ve continued traveling back and forth from Australia to Japan, playing shows and festivals along the way.
Listen To Full EP Here: https://open.spotify.com/album/0KeQm5TjRfCiQr8xKNtjQn? si=O4kYCQTpQ8eC8HDlOHybdQ
Tim Hart
Tim Hart
It’s a well-worn truth: wearing your heart on your sleeve can be dangerous. But for Sydney born Tim Hart, it’s the only way to sing.

Best known to fans as the man behind the kit in Boy & Bear, Tim’s solo work has taken a backseat to the five times ARIA-winning outfit. Not any longer.

Tim began writing his debut album Milling The Wind over 18 months ago, knowing full well what sort of album he’d create when the timing was right. When listening to Tim’s mellow, soulful and melodic folk music it’s not hard to pick that he’s been a long-term fan of the classics – think Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash. Milling The Wind not only draws on the classics, but it is also inspired by more recent spins by the likes of Fionn Regan and Sam Amidon.

“I was convinced that making records should be fun. I loved recording growing up: that’s what I was looking for – and for someone I could produce it with… be collaborative with, experimental.”

Recorded over two weeks in September 2011, Tim headed north to multi-instrumentalist and producer Mark Myers’ two-storey home/studio Queenslander in Cairns. The control room was Mark’s bedroom; Tim stayed upstairs next to a drum kit and a piano, once owned by Mark’s former bandmate, Rohin Jones. Tim had been a fan of Myers’ work with with ex-Townsville outfit The Middle East and QLD’s Emma Louise, and connected with him at festivals they both played at.

Many musical opportunities have opened up for Tim since he stepped behind the microphone. He is very much at home on stage, and has supported artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard and recently Angus Stone. You can expect to regularly see him strumming away at his guitar in intimate venues across Australia.