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PostPosted: 2011-03-22, 16:56    Post subject: ESS Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 in London Reply with quote

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ESS Shakuhahchi Summer School 2011

28-31 July 2011

www.shakuhachisummer-soas.com

The main focus will be this year:

Min'yō shakuhachi (shakuhashi in folk music) taught by Endō Yoshihiro. We will have shamisen players and several singers to play with.
Shakuhachi making taught by Chiku Za (Kodama).

We will also have Demachi Hazuki teaching how to play enka music on shakuhachi.

And lots more... Smile

As usual ESS AGM and discussion about shakuahchi in Europe! Idea
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PostPosted: 2011-05-28, 20:39    Post subject: ESS Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 in London Reply with quote

Dear all

I would like to come with more information about the ESS European Shakuhachi Summer School 2011.

First of all I have an announcement:

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The venue of the ESS European Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 has been changed to the Vernon Square Campus of SOAS, University of London as the old SOAS building will be closed down due to engineering work.
Vernon Square Campus, SOAS is very close to both Dinwiddy House and Paul Robeson House. The closest train and tube (underground) stations is Kings Cross St Pancras.
Concerts in the evening will still take place in the old SOAS building at Russell Square. This means we have to trek to the old campus 20 minutes away or take the tube one stop or bus 73 or 91.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change.
The address of the new venue is:

Vernon Square Campus
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Vernon Square 

Penton Rise 

London 
WC1X 9EW


Map between Vernon Square Campus and Russell Square Campus: http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/maps/

Same route as above between Vernon Square Campus and Russell Square Campus on google map:http://tinyurl.com/3oj5t24

Map showing how to walk to King’s Cross St Pancras Tube Station from Vernon Square campus: http://tinyurl.com/3plz7pj

General information:
SOAS list of hostels: http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/hostels/
SOAS list of hotels: http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/hotels/
Plan your journey: http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk

More info and maps will be uploaded to the ESS European Summer School 2011 website: http://shakuhachisummer-soas.com

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The ESS European Shakuhachi Summer School 2011

This year we can celebrate five year anniversary since the first European Shakuhachi Summer School was held at the exactly the same venue as this years’ Summer School at SOAS, University of London, UK. It was also here ESS was created. Much has happened since then, and we have come a long way on our path to create a platform for all shakuahchi players in Europe – a space to communicate about our passion for shakuhachi and our activities. It is a space where all ryūha, styles and genres are respected and treated as equally valuable to the world of shakuhachi and we also try to ensure quality teaching and transmission of the tradition.

This year’s Summer School will reflect this attitude of equality for all genres of shakuhachi. The main guest and artist is the fantastic min’yō player Endō Yoshihiro (better known in Japan under his artist name Endō Shōfūzan). No one from the Committee members has studied min’yō, but as it is the most popular genre of shakuhachi in Japan, it was believed to be an important genre for us to European players to know.
One can say that min’yō may represent a particular aspect of traditional shakuhachi playing after the abolishment of the Fuke sect: Lively ensemble playing style where many people can join in and have fun. We hope we will be able to create this matsuri or festive atmosphere at the Summer School. Endō will be backed up by Dr David Hughes, who is an ethnomusicologist and min’yō expert, and he will be playing shamisen and sing. He will surely add to the atmosphere. ESS is also proud of the fact that finally we manage to get former professional min’yō singer Yoshie Asano-Campbell to come to London to perform for the first time since she moved to Scotland. It is an important role for ESS to connect artists residing in Europe, so we can hear and learn from them, and also play with them! Also in the min’yō team is British Sylvia Woolridge, who learned to sing min’yō and shamisen in Japan. She participated in several min’yō contests and has featured as a guest singer in competitions.
The min’yō group is, as one can read above, a very strong team and we hope everyone will enjoy the classes and concerts. I am sure they will do their best to create a lively athmosphere! Mr. Green Mr. Green

The other featured shakuhachi performer and player is Chiku Za (Kodama Hiroyuki). His main role at this year’s Shakuhachi Summer School is to introduce the participants to jinashi shakuhachi making – although he is an amazing honkyoku player in Zensabō style. Chiku Za lives with his family in the mountains of Nagano where he has abundant access to bamboo material. He will bring bamboo material to be used in the workshop. He has been a professional shakuhachi player and maker for many years and lives a fantastic “shakuhachi life” in the mountains. Although he is not going to teach honkyoku we can be sure to hear his amazing playing in the concerts and at close hand while he leads the shakuhachi making workshop. Chiku Za will be assisted during the workshop by European makers José Vargas and Philip Horan. José will provide Chinese madake for the workshop. Okay

The third featured shakuhachi player and teacher is Hazuki Niitsuma Demachi. She has been trained in Kinko Chikumeisha-style and has also specialised in performing shakuhachi in enka music (popular sung ballads), which is what she will teach at this Summer School. We can all go to the karaoke bars afterwards and play along instead of singing along enka songs. She will also join Michael Soumei Coxall and teach Kinko Chikumeisha honkyoku. Shocked

All in all three honkyoku styles will be taught during the Summer School. Apart from Kinko Chikumeisha taught by Hazuki Niitsuma Demachi and Michael Soumei Coxall, Yokoyama Katusya’s school KSK will be taught by Véronique Piron and Horacio Curti and Okuda Atsuya’s Zensabō will be taught by Kiku Day. Razz

We will also feature French shakuhachi player Daniel Seisoku Lifemann, who has been awarded a dai shihan, is going to teach his take on a spiritual approach to shakuhachi. He has been teaching shakuhachi since 1988 and is one of the most experienced teachers in Europe. Very Happy

We also think it is important to teach koto and shamisen during these Summer Schools as these instruments are intimately bound to the shakuhachi due to their collaboration in the sankyoku and shinkyoku ensembles. Keiko Kitamura Walker will teach both koto and shamisen, Masako Townsend koto and Chiara Tezulo will assist teaching koto. All three will accompany the ensemble classes and in concerts. We have both sankyoku and shinkyoku classes. Idea

The days will begin with Horacio Curti leading the ro-buki and teach about how to have an efficient daily practice.

And we of course also have classes for beginners. We will also provide beginners without instruments with PVC shakuhachi made by Ken LaCosse. They can either borrow or purchase these flutes.

We will have talks Thursday and Friday.
Thursday Mike McInerney will talk about shakuhachi in electro-acoustic music and composition.
Friday Philip Horan will talk about about approaches to shakuhachi in terms of performance and how shakuhachi can be used in different genres of music Exclamation

We have tried to put more space in for lunch and dinner. I hope we will also have enough time to hang around and enjoy being among all these like-minded people, e.g., shakuhachi aficionados!

We hope many people will join us in this feast of shakuhachi, sounds and celebration!

See you in July! Okay

On the behalf of the ESS Committee,
Kiku Day ESS Chairperson
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PostPosted: 2011-07-23, 11:44    Post subject: ESS Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 in London Reply with quote

Less than a week left to this year's European Shakuhachi Summer School!
It will be great with lots of fun in the min'yo classes with Endo Yoshihiro, dancing, singing and playing.
24 people will come out with their own jinashi-kan made in the workshop with Chiku Za.
And perhaps we will all go to a karaoke bar to play enka after our lessons with Hazuki Demachi.

See you there!!!! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: 2011-07-26, 07:23    Post subject: ESS Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 in London Reply with quote

Min'yo people gathering already in London. Yesterday 3 of them were there including our min'yo grand master Endo Yoshihiro.
Overhearing talks about kobushi (ornamentation), which keys to play in, taiko rhythms and all singing to each other.... a very different world to the honkyoku one - but a very interesting and important aspect of the shakuhachi world! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2011-07-27, 23:24    Post subject: ESS Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 in London Reply with quote

Now the pre-Summer School evening is happening! Eating tapas and drinking cold white wine.. well some drink beer too. Really a great atmosphere already!

Tomorrow at 9 am it kicks off... lots of shakuhachi playing but also this time traditional singing, drumming and shamisen jamming + perhaps a bit of dancing.... let's see! :-)
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PostPosted: 2011-07-31, 03:27    Post subject: ESS Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 in London Reply with quote

OK, we're holding our breath over here...waiting for some updates filling us in on the shaku fun happening in London!
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PostPosted: 2011-08-06, 06:10    Post subject: ESS Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 in London Reply with quote

Thanks Erin.. and it surely was SHAKU FUN ! ! ! Shocked
I know I was the main organiser with Michael Soumei Coxall but still... wow!

Min'yo: It could not have been a better introduction to this genre. Yoshie Asano Campbell had hardly sung since she moved to Glasgow 15 years ago. But when she did sing.... wow! She has won competitions in Japan - as the best min'yo singer. And she has worked as a professional singer and dancer. So it was truly high quality. And our own min'yo shakuhachi teacher was of course pro as well... but the combination of those two was GREAT! And backed up by David Hugehs on song, shamisen and entertainment, Sylvia Vale singing and drumming and also Chris Mau singing and playign shakuhachi. It really was the full band for min'yo. Fun fun fun! That is the key word for this course!

Jinashi Shakuhachi Making with Chiku Za (Kodama) backed up by José Vargas from Spain and Philip Horan from Ireland. 20 pople made wonderful jinashi shakuhachi as far as they could get. All instruments played! They were great! And there had been such a good atmosphere throughout the workshop! We will continue to have jinashi shakuhachi making workshops in Europe in the future for sure!

Enka with Hazuki Demachi. How wonderful it is to get some pop music into shakuhachi in Europe. People had FUN here as well!

Daniel Lifermann's spiritual approach to shakuhachi was popular and people came out looking like they had been through a spa visit... Very Happy

And the rest - the usually honkyoku, sankyoku, shinkyoku + shamisen and koto. Great stuff! Really lots of good music was played!

The best thing was that everybody seemed happy and satisfied. People really enjoyed themselves! The teachers worked really hard and were willing to do more than we had agreed. And the students worked so hard and played so well at the student concert the last day! We had 12 beginners. We divided the group into 2 and they also played pieces all of them!

So as an organiser - I am very very happy! It all went so smoothly!

Now.... some of the participants, please do write reviews of the ESS Shakuhachi Summer School 2011 in London. The organiser should remain quiet now! Smile Short and long reviews - ok. Please do also let us know if we need to improve something!

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