After the morning group workshop, the participants will attend small break-out sessions for more detailed study. Topics for these break-out sessions will include honkyoku, sankyoku ensemble pieces (with a guest shamisen teacher), simple folk melodies, contemporary and avant garde pieces.The participant is free to attend as many of these break-out sessions as scheduling permits.
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Christopher Yohmei Blasdel began the shakuhachi and studies of Japanese music in 1972 with Japan’s Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi and continued with the master until his death in 1999. In 1982, Blasdel received his MFA in ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and was honored with the professional name “Yohmei” from Yamaguchi in 1984—the first of only two non-Japanese accredited by Yamaguchi. Presently, Blasdel performs around the world and has taught or lectured at such prestigious institutions as Earlham College (Indiana), Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas), University of Washington (Seattle), Charles University (Prague) and many others.Christopher Yohmei Blasdel - www.yohmei.com
Steven Casano received a B.M. in piano from the Crane School of Music and Masters degrees in ethnomusicology and academic librarianship from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship where he studied shakuhachi with Ishikawa Toshimitsu and attended meetings of the Shakuhachi Kenkyuukai with Tsukitani Tsuneko at Osaka Gedai. In 2000, Steven was granted his Jun-shihan license from Yokoyama Katsuya and Ishikawa Toshimitsu and in 2001 his shakuhachi playing was featured on the soundtrack for the documentary, "Aloha Akebono." Steven's shakuhachi teachers in Hawaii have been Robert Herr and Riley Lee and he is currently on the piano faculty of the Punahou Music School.Steve Casano - www.komuso.com
Robert Herr first studied the shakuhachi, between 1976 and 1986, in Honolulu with John Kaizan Neptune and grand master Riley Lee. In Japan, he studied with grand master Yokoyama Katsuya and Teruo Furuya and a in 1989 and his Shihan license in 1997. He concentrates on the study of the Chikuho style of shakuhachi as epitomized by the traditional repertoire known as honkyoku. Herr has taught shakuhachi since 1983 and is a lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Music Department.Bob Herr - www.komuso.com
Riley Lee began the shakuhachi in Japan in 1970, where he lived for over eight years. His studies there included such peculiar methods as practicing barefoot in the snow, blowing his flute under waterfalls and running marathons. His shakuhachi teachers were Chikuho Sakai II and Yokoyama Katsuya. He was given the rank of Dai Shihan (grand master) in 1980.
He performs extensively worldwide as a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians, notably Australian harpist Marshall McGuire, Hawai’i guitarist Jeff Peterson and TaikOz. Ian Cleworth and Riley co-founded the taiko group TaikOz in 1997. Over fifty of Riley’s recordings have been released on international labels.Riley Lee - www.rileylee.net
Gunnar began the shakuhachi in Japan under the Living National Treasure master Yamaguchi Gorō in 1985. In 1993, Gunnar matriculated at the traditional music faculty of the Tokyo National University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai). After two years of studies, Gunnar passed the entrance exam to the Master's program, and finished with an MA degree as shakuhachi soloist in 1997. Gunnar received his traditional license, shihan, and the name Jinmei (儘盟) from Yamaguchi Gorō in the summer of 1998. He is now actively performing and teaching both privately and through regular workshops in Stockholm, Helsinki, and Paris, as well as other shakuhachi events. He is working as Associate Professor at the Department of Asian Studies, Stockholm University, conducting research in the traditional (or pre- to early modern) genres of Japanese music. Presently he is studying the structure of some Edo-period music genres, as well as the song texts of the chamber music of the 18th and 19th centuries Japan (so-called jiuta-sōkyoku or sankyoku). Gunnar is also occasionally teaching shakuhachi at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH).Gunnar Jinmei Linder
Daisuke Kaminaga was born in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. He began shakuhachi studies at the age of 18, attained a teaching license from the Tozan-style of shakuhachi playing and was awarded the professional name, Yōzan. Kaminaga has toured internationally and performed in more than ten countries, including numerous large-scale events such as the world largest music convention, SXSW (Austin, Texas) and the Japanese cultural event, Japan Expo (Paris, France). Kaminaga is a senior member of the popular pop band, Wagakki Band, which utilizes Japanese instruments. Their second album, Yaso Emaki, hit the weekly top of the Japanese J-Pop album chart in 2015. The band’s mega-hit song, Senbon Zakura, has been viewed on YouTube more than sixty million times. Wagakki Band band has toured the US on many occasions, and they have many fans in Hawai’i.Yōzan Kaminaga (Daisuke Kaminaga)
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Matama started playing Shakuhachi at the age 17. After graduating from Hosei University with a degree in History, he began studying shakuhachi seriously with Yokoyama Katsuya for over the last 30 years. In 1972-73 he successfully passed the NHK audition and graduated from the NHK Special School of Traditional Japanese Music. Since then Matama has participated in several international tours to Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. with Yokoyama and other top Japanese musical groups. He served as one of executive members of the ground-breaking "International Shakuhachi Music Festival in Bisei" in 1994 both as a planner, manager, as well as a player. He is an exectutive director of the Yokohama Chikushin Kai.Matama Kazushi - www.komuso.com
Chris Molina is a doctoral student and graduate instructor in composition at UH Mānoa and a Graduate Fellow at the East-West Center. A native of Boston and graduate of the University of Michigan and Middlebury College, his work combines world instruments with classical — celebrating acoustic music, jazz and folk influences, as well as aesthetics relating to nature. Recent and ongoing collaborations include works for Chinese guzheng and erhu, Korean gayageum and ajaeng, and Japanese koto, shamisen and shakuhachi. His work Xiao Baicai, Big City for Chinese dizi and Western orchestra was premiered by the Shanghai Philharmonic in November. Chris is currently pursuing a performer’s license in shakuhachi as a student of Matama Kazushi and the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan.
Kikuko Sato's specialty is the delicate and extremely demanding lyrical repertoire of Japanese traditional song accompanied by shamisen and koto known as ji-uta. She began studies of koto and shamisen at an early age with her mother and attended the NHK Hōgaku Training Academy in 1980. In 1985, she graduated from the Tokyo National University of the Fine Arts where she majored in Ikuta Style koto and shamisen performance. The same year she entered the graduate school to continue her studies, graduating in 1987 with an MFA degree. In 1998, she was an invited guest at the Boulder World Shakuhachi Festival and since then has performed internationally in USA, Turkey, Hungary, Russia, Sweden, China and has twice been a special guest of the Prague Shakuhachi Festival.Kikuko Sato
Ranzan Mitsui began the Shakuhachi at age of 15 under the tutelage of Hyozan Hata. Since the age of 23, she has been studying Tozan-style Honkyoku with Hozan Nomura and was granted her Shihan (master) license in 2010. After graduating from Kanda University of International Studies, she attended the NHK Hogaku training academy for shakuhachi. She has recorded for NHK television and is active teaching and performance both traditional and contemporary music.Ranzan Mitsui
Accommodations at the East Center apartments and dormitories will be made available to the participants at very resasonable prices. Please register early to insure availability.
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: www.eastwestcenter.org/about-ewc/housing/visitor-housing
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.
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 HawaiiShakuhachi@gmail.com. Thank you!