New positions in ethnomusicology

I have now begun a new role as a member of the SEM (Society for Ethnomusicology) Council. I am very excited about this. The role of the Council is to advice the board.

I was also a member of the Bruno Nettl Prize Committee 2021. In this role I got to read quite a few very good books, I would probably not have read otherwise.

Interview with Araki Kodo VI

I interviewed Araki Kodo VI, a.k.a. Hanz Araki or Hanz Araki-Campbell. I really think I managed to get a fascinating glimpse into the world of an amazing shakuhachi legacy in modern times with a cross-cultural twist because of the honesty and openness of Hanz. It was a touching narrative about the transmission of shakuhachi music, culture and art from father to son. We also spoke about how it was to enter such a stronghold of traditional music as “half Japanese”. I hope many will watch because it is really an insider story most fo us rarely can access. Grateful to Hanz sharing his amazing story!
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New YouTube video: Kiku Day speaks with Professor in Buddhist Studies Max Deeg about the Fuke Sect

This is an interview with Professor in Buddhist Studies Max Deeg. Professor Max Deeg deconstruct the tale of the Fuke sect in his article from 2007: “Komusō and “Shakuhachi-Zen”: From Historical Legitimation to the Spiritualisation of a Buddhist denomination in the Edo Period”. The conversation on this video is based on this article and Professor Deeg explains the historical sources that shows the Fuke Sect came about much later than most of us shakuhachi players are told. We speak about the political and cultural environment during the time of the komusō. • Please subscribe to my YouTube channel with conversations with shakuhachi scholars and performers. • The article by Professor Deeg can be found here:

Kodama Hiroyuki shows how to make jinashi shakuhachi

Kodama Hiroyuki is a great jinashi shakuhachi player. He is a student of Okuda Atsuya and my senpai. He studied jinashi shakuhachi making with Okuda and Murai Eigoro, and today is one of the key makers of this style of shakuhachi. In this video he will take you through the basic jinashi shakuhachi making process. Although a short film cannot show all the detailed and delicate parts of the making prcess, requiring a great deal of intuition, you can clearly get a sense of how someone as experienced as Kodama works with the bamboo in dialogue and respect. It is also easy to feel his spirit and approach to life as well as bamboo and nature.