European Shakuhachi Society Summer School 07

August 27, 2007

The Second European Shakuhachi Society Summer School 2007 welcomed over fifty participants from Europe and Japan. It was held in the town of Munster in the Alsace region in France. The town is famous for the nestling of cranes in the rooftops.

The venue at Kleebach was perfect for workshops. Pieces taught included honkyoku from various schools (including KSK and Tozan), sankyoku and shinkyoku. I presented a workshop on Irish music on shakuhachi.

There was a concert each evening. The first evening concert was an open mic session at Hotel de Ville. Then there were two teachers’ concerts and the final participants’ concert.

The surrounding hills and closeness to nature made this summer school special.

For me, the highlights were the classes taught and performances by Furuya-sensei and Kakizakai-sensei, two of Yokoyama’s leading pupils.

The summer school would not have taken place without the work of Veronique Piron and Jim Franklin. The teachers and performers included Furuya Teruo, Kakizakai Kaoru, Veronique Piron, Jim Franklin, Watanabe Haruko, Sozan Chiaki Kariya (assisted by Jean Francois Lagrost), Onishi Mizuka, Andreas Gutzwiller and Daniel Lifermann.

This event was evidence of the popularity of the shakuhachi in Europe. We look forward to more pan-European shakuhachi events next year. Many thanks to Albert for the photos. Find out more about the European Shakuhachi Society.

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