Birds of Tokyo

Contemporary rock band

Birds of Tokyo

Formed in Perth back in 2004, Birds of Tokyo have grown from independent roots to become one of Australia’s most popular contemporary rock bands.

Songs like “Plans”, “Lanterns”, “This Fire”, “Anchor” and “I’d Go With You Anywhere” have all been top 10 airplay hits and have lead to appearances at every major festival in this country including Falls, Splendour In The Grass and Groovin’ The Moo, as well as headlining slots at the AFL Grand Final and NRL’s flagship State of Origin game.

Over the years the band has had eleven separate songs make Triple J’s “Hottest 100” including breakthrough hit “Plans” which ranked #4 on the 2010 countdown. “Plans” was taken from Birds of Tokyo's self-titled third studio album, which went double platinum and spent over eight months in the ARIA top 20. The eponymous release received the ARIA Award for Best Rock Album.

Subsequent records have helped the band carve a singular career for more than a decade, including 2012’s March Fires, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart and produced triple-platinum radio hit “Lanterns”, gold-certified EP Anchor (2015) and 2016’s top #3-peaking album BRACE.

More than seventy Birds of Tokyo songs have featured on Triple J, making them one of the station’s three most played artists of this millennium. The band are also the only artist in history to win “Rock Work Of The Year” on five separate occasions at the prestigious APRA Awards.

Most recently, after enjoying a run of four hit singles, Birds of Tokyo have now bundled all these songs plus seven more onto a new album called Human Design. The lyrics on record share a strong thread because they were largely inspired by a tumultuous period in the personal life of frontman Ian Kenny. He dealt with his marriage breakup directly in the radio smash “The Greatest Mistakes” plus the ARIA Song of the Year Award nominated “Good Lord”, while the anthemic “Unbreakable” provided a different perspective on the same dire situation. Early 2020’s celebratory top 3 iTunes success “Two Of Us” ushered in the next chapter of his story.  

Birds of Tokyo have announced a handful of special concerts with four of Australia’s most prestigious Symphony Orchestras in early 2021. Each night the five piece will be joined by over 50 of the country’s best classical musicians for an evening that showcases brand new music as well as reinterpretations of some signature Birds of Tokyo classics. Appropriately the tour will commence in Perth, where the band was founded over 15 years ago before heading east for strictly limited performances in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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Violin 1

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Nicholas Harmsen

Principal Bass Clarinet

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Dušan Walkowicz

Associate Principal Double Bass