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News about the European Shakuhachi Society (ESS) and beyond.
News: 26, 28, 29, 30 September 2012 - Schakuhachi Gesellschaft Schweiz Chikuyusha.ch
Invitation from the Shakuhachi Society of Switzerland
Kawase Sensei, head of Chikuyusha, will visit Switzerland end of September.
Three concerts will take place with him, his son Yousuke and his ensemble as follows:
On Sunday, September 30th 2012 the Swiss Chikuyusha will organize a workshop for Kinku-Ryu Shakuhachi with Kawase Sensei and the members of his ensemble.
News: 14th August 2012 - Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2012-August 24-28
The main guest this year is Takahashi Ryudo, an old and famous master and one of the highest authorities on spiritual music of the shakuhachi from Northern Honshu. Ryûdô is not very well known outside of Japan, but in Japan he is revered as master of the distinct style of honkyoku that developed in Japan's Tohoku Northeastern Region, where the famous Komuso Temples of Futaiken, Renpôken and Garyûken were located. Ryûdô will share his expertise with us in both the master classes, individual lessons and the public concert. His son, Unryû, will accompany him and help with the teaching. Ryûdô's participation this year is especially meaningful since one of the pieces he will play, "Tamuke no Kyoku," will be played in honor of the souls who perished in the great Tohoku Earthquake last year.
In addition to Ryûdô, the shamisen/koto master Sato Kikuko will return this year to teach koto, shamisen, sankyoku and add her expertise in the public performances. Kikuko is one of the few younger generation players who have mastered the difficult repertory of jiuta song and shamisen repertory, and those of you who remember her from 2010 know what a generous teacher and performer she is.
Festival concerts will introduce Japanese instruments in many different genres. For instance, you can look forward to the sound-art performance 'Simulacrum Tempora' by Slavek Kwi aka Artificial Memory Trace, John Cage's composition Lithany for a Whale and a world premiere of Vlastislav Matoušek's composition for chamber ensemble 6446, Sixty Four Events for Six Lines. Of course, the festival will also offer Japanese spiritual and ensemble music for koto and shakuhachi.
The festival also offers masterclasses and introductory courses for koto, shakuhachi and shamisen led by professional players from Europe and Japan. For the very first time, we introduce a masterclass focused on electroaccoustic music led by Australian composer and shakuhachi player Jim Franklin.
The shakuhachi masterclass will feature these players:
Like previous years, this will be an opportunity to learn from some of the best.
Even though time is running short, I hope you can make it. Please fill out the online application form (www.komuso.cz/en/application-form) or contact Marek Matvija (email@example.com) for more information. You may also just show up. The festival runs from August 24th to the 28th.
Find out more about festival courses - visit komuso.cz to learn more and register!
We look forward to seeing you in Prague this August!
On behalf PSF organisation team.
News: 12th February 2012 - 2012 World Shakuhachi Festival in Kyoto
The World Shakuhachi Festival will be held in various locations in Kyoto, Japan, from May 31 through June 4, 2012. This will include performances by the world's leading shakuhachi players, workshops and opportunities for group participation in performances.
The current website address is: 2012worldshakuhachifestival.wordpress.com.
The Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies 2012, in Kyoto will precede the Festival and take place from May 28 to May 31, 2012 at Ôtani Hall, Kyoto. The cost will be ¥45,000 (Registration ¥30,000 + Lodging ¥15,000). The Camp Faculty includes Riley Kôho Lee, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Kaoru Kakizakai, Ichizan Hoshida, David Kansuke Wheeler and string players.
An International Shakuhachi Competition will take place on May 31, 2012 in Kyoto. The deadline for registration is February 29. English language inquiries and applications should be made to David Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org). Further information is available from: www.bmbnt.com/osaki-nissei/english.
News: 16th January 2012 - ESS Newsletter October 2011 Issue - German and French Translations
A copy of the October 2011 ESS Newsletter is avaliable with German and French transaltions.
If you can help with translations for the quarterly ESS Newsletters, please contact Philip Horan, the ESS Publishing Officer.
News: 8th January 2012 - New ESS website live
The new ESS website is now live.
The site is intended to be multilingual and, subject to volunteer translators, will gradually be enhanced by the addition of pages and articles in other languages. If you would like to volunteer to help maintain the site in a European language, please contact the ESS.
If you have any shakuhachi-related photographs, audio or video files that are suitable for the website or ESS newsletter, please contact the ESS to arrange transfer of the items.
News: November 2011- 2011 ESS Summer School in London: Videos
ESS Member Thorsten Knaub has provided a set of video from the 2011 ESS Summer school in London. The videos cover the wide variety of instruments, styles and events that made up the successful summer school.
The Aims of the ESS
"Creating an environment where many of the different schools and styles of shakuhachi playing can be explored and their differences celebrated"
The Japanese, vertical end-blown bamboo flute, the shakuhachi, has become an icon of traditional Japanese music. The beautiful, mystic sound of the bamboo attracts world wide interest from those cultivating Japanese aesthetics to avant-garde composers. During the Edo period (1603 - 1867), the shakuhachi was used as a tool for meditation by Zen Buddhist priests in order to reach enlightenment. Today the shakuhachi is used in a wide variety of musical forms and styles including ensemble music, pop music, jazz as well as the traditional genres.
The aim of the European Shakuhachi Society is to create an environment where many of the different schools and styles of shakuhachi playing can be explored and their differences celebrated - no matter whichever approach to the instrument one chooses to take. ESS is an educational charity and aiming to take up the role as an umbrella organisation for all shakuhachi groups in Europe and thereby creating a space where players can meet across ryūha (schools) and physical borders.
ESS hosts Summer Schools and seminars around Europe. The annual European Shakuhachi Summer School is organised by various local shakuhachi groups in Europe in collaboration with ESS. All Summer School and seminars are open to anyone who has an interest in the shakuhachi, including complete beginners.
We hope that by creating a space to get together for all shakuhachi players, as well as koto and shamisen players, we can enhance the interest in these beautiful instruments, share experiences, widen an understanding of different styles and develop playing techniques and grow together as a musical community.
The European Shakuhachi Society is a registered charity. Registered charity no. 1123060.
The Articles of Association are publicly available.