My name is Philip Suimei Horan. I spent two years in Japan, studying the Tozan-ryu (都山流) in Hiroshima. I have studied shakuhachi with Sunny Yeung (Hong Kong), Hanaoka Seizan (Hiroshima) and Kiku Day and Jean-François Lagrost.
I completed a Masters in Ethnomusicology at the Irish World Music Centre in Limerick, focusing onshakuhachi acoustics and Japanese aesthetics. I have explored playing Irish and Celtic musics on shakuhachi. I play in a variety of styles from the traditional honkyoku (本曲) and sankyoku (三曲) to modern pieces and jazz. I give regular performaces in Ireland and abroad and teach shakuhachi to a small but growing community of shakuhachi players in Ireland.
I began making shakuhachi when I lived in Japan from 1999-2001. My shakuhachi are ideal for zen meditation or ‘blowing zen’. All are made from root-end bamboo. I make both ji-nashi and ji-arishakuhachi in all sizes. My shakuhachi are charactised by their responsiveness and naturalness.
- On February 25, I performed at Laya 2012, a concert in aid of the hindu Vinayaka Temple in Dublin.
- On Novermber 24th, 2011, I performed at a benefit concert for tsunami relief in St. Ann’s Church in Dublin.
- On the 15th October 2010, I performed with Masahiro Niitsuma (biwa), Hazuki Demachi (shakuhachi) and Thomas Charles Marshall (biwa) at St. Ann’s Church in Dublin. The event was hosted by the Japanese Business Association and sponsored by the Ireland Japan Association in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.
- Celebrating 100 years of the Japanese Gardens, The Irish National Stud, May 16, 2010.
- Experience Japan Day, Dublin, April 11, 2010.
- National Concert Hall, Dublin on September 8, 2009: I performed a version of “Rokudan” with “Raga Pianist”, Ustav Lal, Koushik Chandrashekar on mridangam and Rohan Kapadia on tabla.
- Festival of World Cultures 2009 in Dun Laoghaire with Junshi Murakami.
- ‘Watch this Space’ festival at the National Theatre in London, August 2008: I performed with the Japanese group ‘Haru Ichiban’.
- Sydney International Shakuhachi Festival, July 2008: performance at the Shakuhachi Grand Prix and participant concerts.
- Concert organised by the Japanese Embassy in Dublin Castle with Bill Dowdell (flute), John Feeley (guitar) and Junshi Murakami (Irish harp), December 2007.
- Prague Shakuhachi Summer School, August 2007.
- Second European Shakuhachi Society Summer School in Munster, July 2007: workshop on Irish music for shakuhachi.
- Maynooth University lunchtime solo recital, October 2006
- First European Shakuhachi Society Summer School in London, July 2006: workshop on Irish music for shakuhachi.