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J. Danza
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PostPosted: 2013-03-15, 11:53    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

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I played a concert today in Ubud, Bali (in the context of what they call "Sound Journeys"). Interesting fact: when I asked who had never heard of the instrument, out of about thirty people, twenty five or so raised their hand. I found this interesting because people here are very much into yoga, meditation, world music, etc., but still... the Shakuhachi is unknown and exotic.
Interesting experiment: I played Kyorei as a call and response piece with the audience, with them singing back every phrase after the Shakuhachi. It was awesome! Those of you who perform... give it a try sometime!
Such a pleasure to turn people on to this amazing instrument!
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PostPosted: 2013-03-15, 12:39    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

Nice one! Sounds fun with Kyorei. I'll give it a try one day! Smile
Thanks for sharing your experiences!
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PostPosted: 2013-03-15, 12:55    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

--Such a pleasure to turn people on to this amazing instrument!--

I sold my electric guitar and amplifier to buy my shakuhachi from Perry Very Happy I agree with Pepe, this is a very wonderful instrument.
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PostPosted: 2013-03-16, 04:32    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

Kyorei call and response=great idea!
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PostPosted: 2013-03-16, 05:24    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

Today I'm playing for a Zen Meditation session in the middle of the rice fields. Hocchiku time!
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PostPosted: 2013-03-16, 07:09    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

It is interesting how obscure the shakuhachi is in most parts of the west. In Australia it's different because Riley Lee has brought it into the mainstream. Many cultured people know what it is.
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PostPosted: 2013-03-16, 13:28    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

Probably even if it were more widespread in the media it would still remain quite challenging musically and aesthetically for most "westerners", and therefore obscure. Riley is a master, but most of his recordings are in the "New Age" category, which is great as an introduction to a larger public, but still, I bet a lot of people who may enjoy his recordings would have little appreciation for Yokoyama, let alone Watazumi (and here I want to definitely state that this is no way a criticism of Riley's output, much of which I love)
How about your fans from the past, Brian? Have some followed you into the Shakuhachi realm?
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PostPosted: 2013-03-16, 17:11    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

J. Danza wrote:

How about your fans from the past, Brian? Have some followed you into the Shakuhachi realm?


Yes, a lot of them are aware and appreciative or at least tolerant of what I do with it. I've been so persistent about it that nobody questions it any more.
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PostPosted: 2013-03-30, 03:57    Post subject: Shakuhachi in Bali Reply with quote

Call and response Kyorei in Ubud - that's great! Now I see the original context for Riley Lee's post on obscurity. I would think Bali would be a great place for shakuhachi. I have a yoga teacher (exceptional one) friend who just moved there a few months ago named Oliver Reinsch; I used to play Kyorei for his yoga group's final relaxation asana. Maybe he was one of those five people of the thirty who had heard of shakuhachi Smile
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