Frank Denyer is an English composer, who is like no other when it comes to his compositions. For us shakuhachi players, he is a very important composer due to his amazing collaboration with the just as amazing shakuhachi player Iwamoto Yoshikazu. Frank has also written a piece for me: “Woman with jinashi shakuhachi” and I love this piece. Frank has now published a book about his compositions and 2 CDs. If you are at all interested in what happens of very exciting music in the margins of new music today, the book and CDs may interest you. Read more about it here
I was invited to open the private viewing of the wonderful exhibition on Buddhism at the British Library with a very short performance. It was a great honour to play, and it was also very interesting to be part of the soundscape of this viewing which included monks and nuns from Thailand. The opening included speeches by Dame Carol Black, who is the Chair of the British Library and Lama Jampa Thaye from Sakya Dechen Ling Buddhist Centre, who is also a scholar. I was introduced to and sitting besides those people with my tengai on before my performance and during the speeches. When I began playing the first notes of Honte no Shirabe drew everybody’s attention and the atmosphere changed to a soft but very attentive space. I was only given 1 1/2 minute so I couldn’t even finish Honte no Shirabe. The atmosphere was very pleasant so it was hard to force myself to stop. I enjoyed it so much.
It was furthermore interesting to explore the anonymity of the fact of wearing tengai. Normally when I have performed there will be people coming up and commenting or at least look with acknowledgement towards me. After changing nobody recognised me as the player. That was very interesting to feel. I managed to enjoy my anonymity.
Autumn is a beautiful time of the year when everything slows down in preparation for winter. I find this time of the year a good opportunity to have a contemplative attitude in my own life, slowing down, playing more shakuhachi, meditating more and sense the season by harvesting the abumdance of treats both for the stomac and the eye. Tonight the vegetable garden group at the meditation centre will have a harvest gathering.
On the last day of 2018 I deleted by mistake almost the whole content of my website. I will slowly start building it up again. Please bear over with me.