Day is a ji-nashi shakuhachi player from Denmark, although her roots
are from America, Japan, Ireland and Russia. Between 1989 and 1999,
she studied honkyoku, the traditional repertoire of the komusô
monks, with Okuda Atsuya in Tokyo, during which time she also studied
jinashi shakuhachi-making with Murai Eigorô. Ms. Day is also
trained as a classical pianist and flutist.
During her studies in ethnomusicology at SOAS, the School of Oriental
and African Studies, University of London, her interest turned more
and more towards the music of today. She thus studied improvisation
with Clive Bell and composition with Daniel Chua at King's College,
Presently, Kiku Day is studying for her Masters in Fine Art in Performance
and Literature at Mills College, Oakland, California, where she
focuses on improvisation and the performance of contemporary music
on the ji-nashi shakuahchi.
During the last decade, Ms Day has performed at many venues, including:
Kokubunji Culture Festival, Tokyo, Japan
Prana health and Meditation Center, Ohui, New Zealand
Fête de la musique, Geneva, Switzerland
Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Festival Hall. London. U.K.
National Theatre, London U.K.