The Japanese Shakuhachi Flute has been one of my main passions for about forty years now. I started my studies in the late 70’s with ethnomusicologist Karl Signel, and moved later to Japan for three years where I studied with John Kaizan Neptune and Tanaka Sensei (one of the main students of Goro Yamaguchi), besides performing and touring with an all Japanese Buddhist music ensemble.
The voice of the Shakuhachi has been called “the sound of Zen”. It is a doorway to a deeper inner Silence, and the voice of a profoundly spiritual culture and philosophy. In the Japanese tradition there is a unique concept called “Ma”… This is the quality of silence between the notes. In Shakuhachi music the Ma is as important, if not more, than the actual played sound. The Shakuhachi gently guides and invites the listener into a state of peace and centeredness like few other instruments can.
I am presently teaching and performing in Israel and Europe.
The Sound of Zen performance includes pieces from the Honkyoku Kinko repertoire (considered the “classical” pieces for Shakuhachi), more modern compositions, and meditative improvisations with the sound of Tibetan and Crystal bowls.
The performance can also be combined with training in Zazen (meditation in the Zen tradition), Kinhin (Zen walking meditation) and general discussion and dialogue about Buddhist principles and their practical application in daily life.
I am soon launching a website specially dedicated to his Shakuhachi activities. Keep in touch for the launch.