In 3 weeks the first of a series of online event organised by the European Shakuhachi Society will take place. The Road to Dublin when we finally will meet in person! You can register for the May event now.
I just learned two Ukranian lullabies from Sergey Maxymenko, who is living in Kyiv.
Concert at SARC (Sonic Art Research Centre), Queen’s University, Belfast, 27.01.22.
Seminar on shakuhachi at SARC (Sonic Art Research Centre), Queen’s University, Belfast 26.01.22.
Scholarship from the Danish Composers Union
I have been so luck to receive a scholarship from the Danish Composers Union. I will work in natural materials of various kinds to make music for the duo Sonas Mutua with composer/performer Marisol Jimenez. Thank you to the Danish Conposers Union for giving me this opportunity
Happy New Year!
Let’s hope for a wonderful 2022 with lots of music, good health and happy times!
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.
I have made two videos comparing the same piece (although it has different titles) in different styles. Honte no shirabe in Zensabo style and Choshi in Myōan style:
New interview with Asai Seifu, the chair of Seifu-kai – founded by the legendary shakuhachi player Yoshida Seifu
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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