I will be playing in a new opera that is exploring the relationships between Portugal and Japan through language, music and food. It will be performed at the very interesting venue ‘O’culto da Ajuda’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Performances will take place 12th, 13th and 14th January 2023. Check the link above for more info – also on Miso Music, which is a very interesting musical project in Lisboa!

New interview on my YouTube Channel

I have published another shakuhachi interview. This time it is with shakuhachi performer, teacher and head of Chikumeisha, Mizuno Kohmei. These interviews are meant as a channel through which players can tell their stories and share their knowledge of the shakuhachi, its history, and much more. The shakuhachi world is very complex and there are many myths surrounding this instrument. I am hoping to add to the pool of knowledge about the shakuhachi to the vast and diverse non-Japanese group of shakuhachi aficionados around the world. I learn a lot through these interviews myself. Mizuno sensei talks about his own shakuhachi background, how he managed to have a job and still play shakuhachi at a high level. He also speaks about the creation of the Chikumeisha group and also the challenges the group faced after the death of Yamaguchi Goro, and how they moved on. I hope you will enjoy it!