Shakuhachi Master Concert

Many have fallen in love with the shakuhachi. At first glance, it’s just a simple bamboo flute. Yet, hidden in its simplicity are profound possibilities. The windy and resonant sound of the shakuhachi brings deep serenity to both the player and listener. The shakuhachi can be both a profound musical instrument and also a gateway into meditation and deeper understanding of the self. The Masters' Concert will feature our guest teachers performing various and diverse styles of shakuhachi, from old spiritual honkyoku solo pieces, Edo Period sankyoku ensemble pieces to modern avant garde and popular pieces. There will also be special guest appearance by the local taiko artist Kenny Endo. This concert is not one to be missed!

Date & Time: December 15th, 2017 (Friday) at 7:30pm

Location: Orvis Hall, University of Hawai’i Music Department

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Teaching Students at all Levels

Absolute Beginners

The Absolute Beginner students (those who have never studied the shakuhachi before) will follow a specifically engineered program of instruction that will cover all of the basic tools and techniques of shakuhachi playing: posture, sound production, pitch, high tones, care of the flute, etc. Simple pieces will also be taught.

Beginner students will have their own timetable and beginner flutes will be available for use free of charge during the festival. There will also be an opportunity to purchase flutes.

Beginners / Intermediate

All of the festival faculty will join in to teach the beginner and intermediate students, and each workshop or class will focus on a different topic. The teachers will spend a great deal of time with you, making sure that as either a dedicated beginner or skilled intermediate student, you will receive a solid underpinning of technique and good practice skills.


For advanced students, the expert teaching staff will help you to improve your tone color and advanced performance techniques using both traditional and contemporary shakuhachi music.


We want students to learn not only the technical aspects but also the historical background of the music. The format of the workshop will allow adequate time on each piece, firmly establishing the music in the minds and ears of the participants. Students are encouraged to bring and use recording devices as a learning tool.

We will begin each day of the festival as one group, playing the note ‘Ro’ (the fundamental or lowest note of the shakuhachi) for about 10 minutes. Then we will announce the activities for the day, scheduling, rooms, etc., before the morning group practice.

In the daily morning group workshop, the teachers will cover one aspect of shakuhachi technique, such as breathing and movement, tone production, various ornamental techniques, etc. Each in-depth morning session will be taught by a different teacher and include the whole group, including beginners.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take private lessons from the teachers.

East-West Center Academic Conference

As one of the co-sponsers of this festival, The East West Center at the University of Hawai’i will host an academic conference during the festival where reknown scholars from around the world will present and share their research with both the festival participants and fellow academicians.This will provide the participants a rare opportunity to hear the most recent research on the shakuhachi, its history and its music. Admission to the academic conference is included in the participant fees.

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

Over more than fifty years of serving as a U.S.-based institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, the Center has built a worldwide network of 62,000 alumni and more than 1,100 partner organizations.

The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center’s Washington, D.C., office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.

Please note that the research papers presentation is by invitation only.


Address: 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI USA 96848-1601

Phone: (808) 944-7111


Dormitory rooms at the East-West Center

Dorm rooms in the EWC graduate dorms Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine may be available as a cheaper option. All questions and room requests should be addressed to the EWC Housing office, using the "Visitor" request form provided at the EWC website below:

EWC dorm rooms include shared bathroom facilities, telephone, WiFi, bedding and linen. Housekeeping services are not provided. Towel packets are available at the front desk for a nominal cost. Double rooms are furnished with 2 single beds.

The fee of $32 per night for a single room (with one single bed) or $43 per night for a double room (with two single beds) must be paid directly to the East-West Center.

Please contact the East-West Center directly to request dorm rooms.

What to expect--the Festival Daily Fare

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Getting ready to learn the Shakuhachi

To register for the Shakuhachi Festival of the Pacific, 2017, please use this form. After we receive your initial registration, an invoice for a non-refundable $105 ($100 registration fee + $5 handling fee) deposit will be sent to you by email. The initial deposit is done through Paypal, with the remainder of the participation fees payable by check or cash at the time of registration. If you want to pay the full registration amount upfront, you can pay by check. Make checks payable to: Kyle Chew at 2684 Onu Place, Kalaheo, HI 96741

The festival costs are as follows:

Normal: $325 early bird, $350 full
Kama’aina (Hawaii resident): $275 early bird, $300 full
Absolute Beginner: $150 early bird, $175 full

Note: Early bird prices are available until November 1st, 2017.

Festival fees include entry to all workshops, classes, at least one private lesson and admission to the Masters' Concert. The final reception, scheduled for the night of Monday the 18th, will be charged extra.

We recommend early registration. After your deposit is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation email and receipt for the deposit. If you may have any questions, please contact us at Thank you!


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