MacGregor was a finalist in the 2003 All-Japan National Music Competition
and has studied shakuhachi for about 20 years.
first heard the sound of the shakuhachi on a 70s rock and
roll recording by Leon Russell, and was captivated by its strong
sound and the depth of feeling it conveyed. Andrew became passionately
interested in the music handed down through the Zen Buddhist tradition.
In 1993 Andrew changed the course of his life and traveled to Japan
where he spent an intensive study period. This brief passage from
his life is described in the book Theres So Much More
to Life then Sex & Money by Sue Calwell and Daniel Johnson.
recorded "Nesting of the Cranes", traditional duets for
shakuhachi, with Riley Lee in 1994 and "Music for Guitar &
Shakuhachi - Album One" with classical guitarist Marion Schaap
in 1998. "Four Shakuhachi Mediations" released in 1999
combines the power of Zen meditations with instruments such as clarinet,
cello, harmonic singing, voice, keyboards and textures.
2001 CD release, "Ren-Men", is collaboration with award
winning koto player Miho Yamaji from Japan. This is a collection
of pieces they performed during their acclaimed 2001 tour of Australia.
MacGregor is one of a small number of shakuhachi players selected
to appear in the finals of the 2003 all-Japan National Music (Hõgaku)
Competition (for Traditional instruments).
MacGregors latest CD Mizuho sees the shakuhachi
taken firmly into the realm of classical music. Together with 21
string koto player Haruko Watanabe from Shikoku, Japan, they present
a collection of the music Andrew and Haruko performed in their New
Year Concert Series in Australia in 2003.
experienced performer, Andrew lives in Lilydale, Victoria. He also
conducts workshops and is dedicated to teaching the shakuhachi.