Nyohaku Soergel completed study of the standard Kinko-Ru repertoire
under the mentorship of Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin and Yoshio Kurahashi
and performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area.
In 1998 after ten years of study of traditional
Honkyoko (original music written for the flute), and Sankyoku (chamber
music scored for Shamisen, Koto and Shakuhachi), he was awarded
the title of Jun-Shi Han (master) of Kinko-Ryu from the Ki-Sui-An
Dojo, the largest and most established outside of Japan. The performance
name of "Nyohaku" was chosen by his teachers to commemorate
the receiving of the Natori (teaching certification). "Nyohaku"
means "like the essence of whiteness" and reflects the
spiritual nature of shakuhachi performance.
He has played both solo and with many of New York's
top Japanese music performers (Shamisen and Koto ) at the Asia Society
and the Japan Society (N.Y.C) the Hammond Museum and Stroll Garden
(Westchester), the New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (Brooklyn
and the Bronx), Brooklyn's Prospect Park, and the Kennedy Center
Mr. Soergel plays at weddings, monastic retreats
and festivals and is available for private events as well. Some
of his recent projects have incorporated new music for shakuhachi
combined with modern dance and western instruments. One of his original
compositions "Snowbirds" can be heard on the compact disc
Meditative Shakuhachi Solos. He teaches privately at his residence
in Brooklyn Heights.
Daniel Soergel is also an industrial designer.
For more information, see his design website: the
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