Fourth International Festival of Shakuhachi to take Place
New York City, July 29-August 1, 2004
Living National Treasure Aoki Reibo, plus dozens of top performers
and teachers from four continents will be featured in performances
Four-day conference at NYU includes concerts, classes, lectures,
workshops, panel discussions and seminars, on the music and history
of the Japanese bamboo flute. Concerts will take place at 35 W.
4th St in the Eisner-Lubin Auditorium and Skirball Hall.
Festival web site is www.bigappleshak.com.
APRIL 28, 2004, NEW YORK, NY - From July 29 to August 1, 2004,
New York City will be the host of the Fourth International Shakuhachi
Festival, a four-day marathon of events, expected to draw
500 shakuhachi players from around the world. This will be the
largest gathering of Shakuhachi players in history! Participants
(over 60 performers and lecturers) will include the Living National
Treasure Aoki Reibo, as well as Kawase Junske, Mitsuhashi Kifu,
Terue Furuya, Fujuwara Dozan, and John Kaizan Neptune. Top ranked
New York area players include Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin, Ralph Samuelson,
James Nyoraku Schlefer, and Marco Lienhardt. Previous international
shakuhachi festivals were held in Tokyo (2002), Boulder CO (1998),
and Bisei, Japan (1994).
THE NEW YORK FESTIVAL
A special aspect of this year's festival will be the panel discussion
and concert devoted to women shakuhachi players. Long considered
a man's instrument, this perception is rapidly changing and to
discuss this change and its ramifications will be over a dozen
female master players, composers, and scholars. There will also
be a special panel discussion on shakuhachi construction and repair.
Other workshops of note are "History of Kumoso," "Healing
properties of shakuhachi," and "Spirituality of Shakuhachi
Music." There will be concurrent classes, workshops, and
lectures beginning at 9:00AM Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There
will be a marketplace with shakuhachi makers and vendors, CD sales,
music and books.
New York University will be the conference site, with on-going
classes and performances in and around the Kimmel Center, 35 W.4th
St, and concluding each evening with a concert open to the public.
Tickets are $15 for events at Eisner-Lubin, and $20 for the final
concert at Skirball. Tickets are available only at the door and
will be on sale thirty minutes prior to each concert. There will
be additional concerts taking place throughout each day for participants.
PUBLIC CONCERT SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 29, 4:00PM Eisner-Lubin Auditorium, NYU
"Chirashi - Mixed Flavors of Shakuhachi" Over a dozen
performances of traditional and modern Shakuhachi music.
Friday, July 30, 8:30PM Eisner-Lubin Auditorium, NYU
"Shakuhachi and Other Instruments" Both traditional
chamber music (Sankyoku) solo Zen music (Honkyoku) and contemporary
Saturday, July 31, 8:00PM Eisner-Lubin Auditorium, NYU
"Women Shakuhachi Masters" Established performers, teachers
and composers from Japan and the US in concert.
Sunday, August 1, 6:30PM Skirball Hall, NYU FINAL CONCERTS
6:30-8:30 Concert of modern music for shakuhachi featuring John
Kaizan Neptune, Akikazu Nakamura, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Masayuki
Koga, Fujiwara Dozan, and Kurahashi Yoshio.
8:30-10:30 Concert of solo Honkyoku featuring Living National
Treasure Aoki Reibo, Furuya Teruo, Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin, Ralph
Samuelson, Mitsuhashi Kifu.
The traditional Japanese bamboo flute known as the shakuhachi,
has been played in Japan for over 1,000 years and has gained tremendous
popularity in the West, particularly the US, since the 1970s.
The end-blown bamboo flute is the only instrument associated with
the practice of Zen Buddhism, and was originally performed during
religious rituals by priests of the Fuke sect. During the Edo
Period (1600-1868), Shakuhachi-playing monks known as Komusô
("Priest of Nothingness") wandered throughout Japan
playing the shakuhachi in exchange for food or alms. They would
pass from temple to temple learning pieces that were played at
the various temples. They sought to strike a perfect sound that
would enlighten the world.
For press information contact:
James Nyoraku Schlefer (718) 499-7793 firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival Website is www.bigappleshak.com