The Idea of North is a vocal group, serious about their music without taking themselves too seriously. The members of The Idea of North (TION) have studied in some of Australia’s foremost music schools – the Elder Conservatorium attached to Adelaide University, the Victorian College of the Arts, and the Canberra School of Music attached to the ANU. TION became a full time, professional ensemble in 1998.
TION has developed an enviable reputation, and has been described by James Morrison, another great icon of the Australian Jazz scene, as ‘the best contemporary vocal quartet in Australia’. With two ARIA awards under their collective belt, a significant local and international fan base, and a wonderful back-catalogue of over 15 albums, TION has sustained a career in Australia against many odds. In recent years, the group has expanded their focus to include a larger emphasis on education to invest in the next generation of vocalists and vocal ensembles in Australia.
In 2015, the group met and fell musically in love with Kai Kitamura, vocal percussionist extraordinaire from Japan. Kai is now a full-time member of the group, however his home base is still in Tokyo, which is something TION is trying very hard to change.