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ASS Melbourne Honkyoku Workshop with Riley Lee

ASS Shakuhachi Workshop, with Riley Lee
February 12, 2017

The Australian Shakuhachi Society invites you to a one-day workshop to experience the art and sound of the Shakuhachi – the Japanese bamboo flute.

The workshop will be taught by Grand Master Riley Lee. In addition to teaching a honkyoku piece, Riley will also lead us through breathing and sound production techniques.


Photo: Rudi Van Starrex

The workshop will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions, with the first session starting at 10.00 am and breaking for lunch at 12.00 pm. The workshop will resume for the afternoon session at 12.30 pm, and the day will conclude at 2.30 pm.

Breathing exercises, sound production, and honkyoku instruction will be divided between the sessions.

As the lunch break is not very long, and not many shops in the vicinity of the workshop are open on Sundays, we will have optional bento boxes delivered. Of course, you can bring your own lunch. Bottled water will be provided.

ASS Members: $80.00
Non-ASS members $100.00
Absolute Beginners $60.00 (shakuhachi provided)

Optional bento box lunch +$20.00 (vegan and non-veg available)


What to bring:
The workshop will be taught on a standard 1.8 shakuhachi.

There will be a number of plastic Yuu shakuhachi available for use by absolute beginners on the day; please specify whether you need to borrow a flute when filling out your registration form.

Copies of notation used for the workshop will be available on the day, and also emailed out to registered participants before the event.

The Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne Parkville Campus.

Click here for 1888 Building Map

Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne

Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne

The nearest tram stop is on Swanston St, Carlton.

Trams running along Royal Parade, Parkville, can also be used (approx. five minute walk).

For detailed route and timetable information, please visit Yarra Trams.

Paid parking is available at the university. Free or cheap street parking may also be available nearby.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Dugan on 0415 305 777 (overseas until February 2nd), or email: lindsay [at]

Lindsay Dugan
President, Australian Shakuhachi Society

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Student Concert, May 28 2014

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW

Shakuhachi is the end-blown bamboo flute of Japan. It comes in many sizes and pitches and is often associated with Zen Buddhist breath meditation. The repertory in this evening’s program stems from several lineages including Chikuho, Kinko and Tozan.

Performers (shakuhachi and percussion):
Grandmaster Riley Lee, Master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick, David Jobst, Simon Barker, Nicholas Hall, Felicity Clark and Yui Kasamatsu

Honkyoku (canonical pieces):
San’an (Mountain Valley)
Daha (Pounding Wave)
Shika no Tone (Crying of Deer)
Hon Shirabe (Original Melody)

Shinkyoku (post-Meiji work):
Fukuda Rando – Tabibito no Uta (Song of the Traveller)

New works from:
Simon Barker – Chant Cycle
Yui Kasamatsu and Felicity Clark – Aliquot Improv