ASS Melbourne Shakuhachi Workshop, October 27th, 2019

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.

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.

I was in Japan last month to perform and present at the 30th anniversary Bisei festival, and picked up some great hints from the workshops given by various KSK teachers, including Toshimitsu Ishikawa and Kuniyoshi Sugawara. Sugawara’s workshop on the use of the throat was especially useful, with near immediate results for me. I’ve created a few practice methods to put their ideas into use for myself and some students, and it’s been simple and effective for stability and centering. At last month’s workshop, we looked at the basics, and will expand on it in the coming months.

Also, we’ll be trying something new: live streaming with multicam view. This means you can see the group, but also get a close up on the instructor’s instrument to see more precisely what is happening. With professional quality audio mics, the quality will be as good as you can get over Skype. If you’re far from a teacher, want to participate in regular workshops, or simply want to connect with other shakuhachi players, sign up! Log on details will be provided upon registration.

Date and time:
Sunday October 27th 2019
Beginners: 11:00-12:30
Int/adv class: 15:00 – 17:30

ASS Members: $40
Non-ASS members $50

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.

Gate 12, Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3010

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 Masters degrees in shakuhachi performance from Tokyo Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts) and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is a shihan of the Chikushinkai/KSK.

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