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Hi all, For those in and around New york City, I highly recommend this shakuhachi workshop offered by Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn.
February 4 10 am - 4 pm • $75 (MRO Students: $65) 500 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. (718) 875-8229.
From the website: "The Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi, has an association with Zen Buddhism going back to 16th century Japan. In the 17th and 18th centuries, shakuhachi playing monks known as komuso ("priests of nothingness") developed a rich body of solo music that continues to be played as a form of spiritual practice. This music, called honkyoku ("original music"), is characterized by an emphasis on pure breath and long tones, with subtle variations in tone color and pitch.
While the shakuhachi is difficult to play, its foundation in breath and simplicity and its focus on the universal truths inherent within a single tone have much to offer everyone, beginners included. This one-day retreat will introduce the basic concepts of shakuhachi practice and the techniques of blowing, with demonstrations of several honkyoku pieces. The retreat is open to beginners as well as to experienced players. Those with experience can help guide beginners in blowing and making a sound, and beginners can gain much by carefully observing more advanced players learning a new piece. Instruments will be provided for those who need them."