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Shakuhachi Taikai in Moscow, May 2017

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Festival "Shakuhachi Taikai 2017” took place on May, 28 in Moscow, in teahouse “White crane home”. Participants were those who has an experience of playing and maybe even performing and those who just started making their sound.

Andrey Zhilin opened the Festival with master-class for beginners. He told about the history of Shakuhachi, demonstrated basic concepts and playing technics – basic notes, meri / kari, otsu / kan, vibrato. It was quite a lot for the very first lesson, but all pupils demonstrated deep involvement and interest. For the practice they could use plastic flutes made by 3D-ptinter.

Two more classes were designed for more experienced players. Dmitry Kalinin presented Honte No Shirabe (Zensabo school). Bambooway taught his own piece Arunachala Reibo. He composed this piece during his trip to sacred mountain Arunachala in India.

Master-classes took turns with concerts. Multi-instrumental performance was delivered by Andrey Zhilin (Shakuhachi), Veleslava Kholina (koto), Elena Skvortsova (violoncello). The spring marked the whole concert, they played Return of Spring / Song of sand piper, Haru No Umi / Spring sea and other.

Then performances proceeded in open mic mode. Bambooway and Sergey Ba-Zi Barunov played Ki Reibo on big flutes Hocchiku. Tatyana Rechnaya played her own piece Reibo. Dmitry Kalinin played several pieces of Koku Nishimura repertoire. Dmitry Kalinin and Tatyana Rechnaya together played Tsuru No Sugomori. Andrey Chelak played tender and powerful Tamuke. Four players – Dmitry Kalinin, Tatyana Rechnaya, Bambooway and Andrey Zhilin – played final piece Four Oaths of Bodhisattva / Sei Gan Mon.

Between concerts and master-classes participants enjoyed tea, lively discussions and exchange, tried sound on their flutes. There were also flutes for sale, and some novices left the festival with newly acquired instruments.
The event turned to be close and cozy, there were about 20-25 participants. Some reported that there were many interesting moments, and definitely they wanted more shakuhachi sounding to bring all of us in common playing space. We should remember this report for possible future events.

Thank you all who came, who played, who shared experience. Thank you wonderful “White crane home” for the right atmosphere and for the tea. May the RO be with us!

Performers and conductors of master-classes:
Andrey Zhilin, Dokyeku school
Veleslava Kholina, koto player
Elena Skvortsova, violoncello player
Dmitry Kalinin and Tatyana Rechnaya, Zensabo school (Atsuya Okuda)
Bambooway, mostly Honkyoku, flute maker
Sergey Ba-Zi Baruniv, Hocchiku
Andrey Chelak, Honkyoku style
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