URTID – Lyden af Oldtiden

On the 12th and 15th of June Anders Børup, Ying-Hsueh Chen and myself performed URTID, a sound walk concert by Laurits Jongejan. The idea person behind it all is Eva Fock. She and Ingeborg Okkels made instruments with a school class with materials that for most part would have existed in antiquity. They made shakers of bones and shells; simple pan flute made with branches of elder trees; and bullroarers made from wood (we had some in bones as well). Then the children joined us musicians in the sound walk. It was amazing to imagine how it might have sounded in the Stone Age. Probably very different….
I love working with these natural materials. They will certainly creep into my other projects! Thank you, Eva!

Sōgenji, Assendorf Zen sesshin and shakuhachi

A few weeks ago I taught shakuhachi within the setting of a Zen Buddhist sesshin or retreat. It was held at Sogenji in Assendorf, Germany. It was a very interesting experience. It was not that simple to combine and very much hard work. I really appreciate the experience and also the people who participated – both in the shakuhachi part or the samu part. It gives me food for thought and I will adjust it when I will do something similar in Finland 12-13 August at Sanneji.

Shells & Bones & Spring Concert

I had a great time playing with Ying-Hsueh Chen, Anne Eisensee, Letty Stott with lots of materials provided by Eva Fock who did a wonderful workshop after the concert as well. Love my bone flutes. I am getting more familiar with them and I think myself they sound better and better.

The online workshop “Road to Dublin III” organised by the European Shakuhachi Society 4-5 March 2023

The event was a great success. We had almost as many participants as during a live event. Now we can’t wait till seeing everyone in person in DUBLIN FOR REAL ! ! ! 20-23 July 2023. I translated for Seian Genshin, the 42nd kansu of Myōan-ji. He taught Choshi and Koku in Fuke Myōan style. I also translated fro Tsujimoto Yoshimi, who taught us some popular songs. Adrian Freedman and Marco Lienhard’s teaching was great too!