Shinobue by Yoko Deva

Born in 1956, she first learned the flute at the age of 15. Graduated from Kunitachi Music University, majored in the flute course. When she was 23, she met shinobue (one of the Japanese traditional cross flutes) for the first time. She found it so relaxing and familiar, as if she was coming home. She…

Ainu Mukkuri

Mukkuri is a traditional Japanese plucked idiophone indigenous to the Ainu. The Mukkuri is made from bamboo and is 10 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. Similar to a jaw harp, sound is made by pulling the string and vibrating the reed as it is placed in the performer’s mouth.

Hotchiku

  Hotchiku ( k. 法竹 h. ほっちく, “bamboo of [the] dharma”; lit. “dharma bamboo”), sometimes romanized as hocchiku or hochiku, is a Japanese end-blown flute (a fue), crafted from root sections of bamboo. After cleaning and sanding, the heavy root end of the bamboo stalk reveals many small circular knots where the roots formerly joined…

Koto Vortex I : Hiroshi Yoshimura

The koto (Japanese: 箏) is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument derived from the Chinese zheng, and similar to the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Koto are about 180 centimetres (71 in) length, and made from kiri wood (Paulownia tomentosa). They have 13…

雅楽 Gagaku

Gagaku (雅楽 gagaku?, ancient imperial court music and dances, lit. “elegant music”) is a type of Japanese classical music that has been performed at the Imperial Court in Kyoto for several centuries. This kind of music was first imported into Japan from China, however artistically it differs from the music of the corresponding Chinese form…

Shakuhachi : Goro Yamaguchi

Gorō Yamaguchi (山口 五郎,February 26, 1933 – January 3, 1999) a Japanese shakuhachi (vertical bamboo flute) player, was known for his musicality, phrasing, impeccable technique (and modesty) in solo and ensemble performances. He headed the Chikumeisha shakuhachi guild and became a world-famous Japanese performer and teacher. In 1967-68 he was appointed Artist in Residence at…

Shakuhachi : 西村 虚空 Nishimura Kokū

Kokū Nishimura (西村 虚空 Nishimura Kokū, 1915 – June 2002) was a master shakuhachi player, teacher, and craftsman. Like his teacher, Kyochiku Tani, Nishimura became a komusō (a mendicant shakuhachi player). Nishimura wandered Japan as a mendicant for ten years. Kyochiku Tani was trained in the Fuke sect. After the sect’s abolition in 1871, he…