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ASS Melbourne Shakuhachi Workshop, November 25th, 2018

The Australian Shakuhachi Society invites you to monthly ASS workshops in Melbourne to experience the art and sound of the Shakuhachi – the Japanese bamboo flute.

The workshops will be led by Lindsay Dugan. Each month we will focus on one of several genres, including Yokoyama style honkyoku, and Kinkoryū honkyoku and gaikyoku, along with relevant technical aspects such as meri technique, ergonomics, breath, ornamentation, and tone.

The November workshop will be split into two sessions. The Beginners session will run from 11:00 – 12:00, and the Int/Adv session from 15:00 – 17:30. Any beginners who join the first session are also welcome to attend the second session. You can play along, or simply observe.

For the November workshop, we will be looking at practice methods, simple folk tunes, and a honkyoku piece (Sanya Sugagaki).

Date and time:
Sunday November 25th 2018

Beginners session 11:00 – 12:00
Int/adv session 15:00 – 17:30

Level 1, 210 Berkeley St, Parkville.

ASS Members: $35
Non-ASS members $45

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. These flutes are also available for purchase.

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

Music stands will be available.

Level 1, 210 Berkeley St, Parkville.

Trams running along Royal Parade, Parkville, provide easiest access to the venue. For detailed route and timetable information, please visit Yarra Trams.


lindsay [at] lindsaydugan [dot] com or call 0415 305 777.

About Lindsay Dugan

Lindsay lived for ten years in Japan, studying classical honkyoku with Katsuya Yokoyama and Kaoru Kakizakai, and Kinkoryū honkyoku and gaikyoku with Jūmei Tokumaru.

He holds a Masters degree in shakuhachi performance from Tokyo Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts), and is a shihan of the Chikushinkai/KSK.

Sydney Shakuhachi Workshop with Bronwyn Kirkpatrick

Sydney Workshop with Bronwyn Kirkpatrick

Sunday 2nd September, 2018 10am – 3pm

The Australian Shakuhachi Society invites you to a one-day workshop for beginner (not absolute beginner)/intermediate players, led by Shakuhachi Master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick.  In the workshop we will cover tone production, a honkyoku, a Rando piece and a Japanese folk song

Bronwyn_kirkpatrick2About Bronwyn

Bronwyn is a shihan (master) of the shakuhachi who studied with shakuhachi grand-master Dr Riley Lee in Sydney for seven years.  Bronwyn has been awarded numerous awards and prizes, including a Churchill Fellowship and an Australia Council Skills and Arts Development Grant, which enabled her to further her studies in Japan with Kaoru Kakizakai, Teruo Feruya, Kazushi Matama and Katsuya Yokoyama.  Bronwyn was a prize winner at the prestigious All-Japan National Music Competition (for Traditional Japanese instruments) in 2005 and a finalist at the S-1 World Grand Prix Competition at the World Shakuhachi Festival in 2008.  She performs regularly as a freelance artist, both as a soloist and in combination with western and traditional instruments.

Schedule: The workshop will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions, with the first session starting at 10am and breaking for lunch at 12pm.  The workshop will resume for the afternoon session at 1.00pm and the day will conclude at 3.00pm.

The Studio is located near a plethora of lunchtime choices including Paddy’s Markets and World Square.

Cost: $80 ASS members, $100 non ASS-members


Location: Studio 52 Musos, level 5, studio 52, 647 George Street, Haymarket, Sydney.

The Studio is located upstairs and is a 5-10 minute walk from Central Station or Town Hall Station.   Parking is limited due to the Light Rail construction

  • What to bring:  The workshop will be taught on standard 1.8 shakuhachi.There will be no flutes available to borrow or purchase on the day.
  • Copies of notation used for the workshop will be supplied by the tutor.
  • Please bring a music stand
  • Coffee mug (tea and coffee will be provided.

If you have any questions please email Kerry:; mobile 0408 295 146 or Bronwyn:; mobile 0413 239 938