Montz Matsumoto and Voicestrings


Montz Matsumoto was born in Japan and started to learn bluegrass banjo at the age of 15. He started his professional career in Kyoto, where he endured the last wave of the Folk and Bluegrass boom and collaborated with various ranges of musicians and artists include Butoh dancers and Japanese traditional musicians. 1997 he toured Japan with legendary singer-songwriter and bluegrass player Peter Rowan. Since he moved to Australia in 2002, Montz has toured both solos and with Sydney-based band 'The Pigs' all over Australia and he has won multiple Bluegrass and banjo prizes at Tamworth and other festivals. His 2018 album ‘Going Home’ was nominated for a Golden Guitar at Tamworth Country music festival, where he also performs regularly at Pete Denahy's Comedy and Bluegrass Breakfast Show. Montz has been exploring his Asian sensitivity which showcases in his music video 'Golden Sky and Purple Cloud'. He has been living in the Cygnet area for ten years, where he's been enjoying playing with extremely fine musicians like Elisse Kleiner, who plays silver flute in a most impressive way, and Louis Anthony Gill, the new residence of the area and very creative bass player who experienced to play in many genres.