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My name is Austin Shadduck and I've been playing shakuhachi for a little over 2 years under the guidance of Michael Chikuzen Gould. For the past few years I've been more of a composer than a performer (I'm most proficient on saxophone) while pursuing a master's degree in composition at Queens College in the greater New York City area. My master's studies are coming to an end and I'm thinking about signing up for another five years of doctoral work in the fall, which is a double-edged sword. Either way I'm going to continue playing shakuhachi, and hopefully write more for it! My username, Muraiki Music, comes first from shakuhachi playing (I love big, breathy sounds), and it's also the name of my ASCAP-registered music publishing entity.
In case you are interested, I've written one piece for shakuhachi and guitar. Here is a description and audio files for your listening pleasure:
Haiku for shakuhachi (or flute) and guitar, 2010
A haiku is a short poem of Japanese origin, typically with a seasonal reference, that can be contained within one breath. In this vein I composed three fleeting soundscapes that seem, at least to me, to express the beauty of autumn by evoking the season’s changing colors and windswept leaves. The titles of the movements come from a haiku I created to give me direction in writing the music:
Music in autumn— floating on the breath of time as a falling leaf.
Posted: 2011-04-05, 11:52 Post subject: Greetings from New York!
Hi Kiku. That's me on shakuhachi and a friend, Sarah Soller, on guitar. The piece was my first live shakuhachi performance and I learned very quickly that being nervous dries out your mouth and makes it tricky to play! Relaxation is key. Thanks for listening.