Wheeler (shakuhachi player, musicologist)
Musician and musicologist, David visited Japan in 1977 as an exchange
student and entered the tutelage of shakuhachi master Junsuke Kawase
III. In 1981, he returned to Japan on a Japanese Education Ministry
scholarship to do graduate study at the Tokyo University of Fine
Arts and Music, where he recieved his M. A. in musicology in 1985.
Since 1982, David has been performing, teaching, lecturing, and
writing about the shakuhachi and Japanese music both in Japan and
around the world, and has made numerous performance appearances
on Japanese television and radio. While he specializes in the classical
traditions, his performance activities cover the full range of music
today, everything from Japanese to Western, from classical to the
avant garde. David is a visiting Japanese music lecturer and shakuhachi
instructor at the College of Music at the University of Colorado
and organized and prepared for the World Shakuhachi Festival 1998
(July 5-11) at CU Boulder.