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14th Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, June 22-27, 2011

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David Wheeler
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PostPosted: 2011-05-31, 23:41    Post subject: 14th Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, June 22-27, 2011 Reply with quote

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I am writing to announce "Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies XIV," June 23-27, 2011, less four weeks away! If you have not registered yet, you should, as it is going to be amazing!
Also, plan to arrive a day early in Boulder to attend the Wednesday evening show in Boulder, "Masters of the Shakuhachi in Concert and Conversation."
And BTW, given the lateness of this announcement (3/11 earthquake events got in the way of camp planning), this year's late registration rate ($450) starts on June 6 (not May 15), so you still have a week to get your duckies in a row and get the lower registration rate of $400!

Here are some highlights of this year's camp:

• RELAXATION 3rd degree black belt master Christopher Yohmei Blasdel will present a workshop/demonstration on Aikido, "Relaxation through Aikido."

• WSF2012 Yôdô Kurahashi II (see attached previous camp photo) will perform and instruct Futai-ken Sanya, from Sendai, the largest city near the epicenter of the 3/11 earthquake. He will also offer a preview of World Shakuhachi Festival 2012, KYOTO, which he is producing!!

• EFFECTIVE PRACTICE Riley Lee will, among other projects, present "5 Minute Practices—Minimal Talking," from Learn Shakuhachi in 5 Minutes a Day.

• ENSEMBLE With string and voice master Yoko Hiraoka, Yôdo Kurahashi II and David Kansuke II Wheeler will teach shakuhachi ensemble performance for koto and shamisen, with individual ensemble lessons available.

• IMPROVISATION Mark Miller (Chair, Naropa University Visual and Performing Arts Dept.) will do the participatory workshop, "Improvisation as Awareness Practice: Making Music in the Moment"

Visit for more info and registration, before it's too late.

This year's camp again offers a specially formulated Beginner's Curriculum and a highly concentrated Intermediate/Advanced Course, and of course some seriously delightful shaku-community. Our goal is no less than to make your Shakucamp experience the most valuable 5 days you will spend with the shakuhachi this year.
1. "Special Beginner Curriculum." For anyone who has come into the possession of their first shakuhachi any time in the past two years, this camp is for you! The six core faculty of Shakucamp since its inception, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Michael Chikuzen Gould, Kaoru Kakizakai, Yoshio Kurahashi, Riley Lee and David Kansuke Wheeler, representing two centuries' teaching experience, continue to modify and improve what may be the most effective Shakuhachi Beginner Curriculum to be found.
For the duration of camp, all beginners will be following this curriculum with one of its authors. Faculty will change daily so students can enjoy the individual strengths of each faculty member.

2. "Intermediate/Advanced Curriculum" Teachers will spend a lot of time concentrating on a modest number of pieces, thoroughly covering technique and musicality, thus guaranteeing you will come away from camp with new repertoire and technique under your belt.

3. "Universal Curriculum" For one period each day, ALL camp participants, from Beginner to Advanced, join together for lectures and instruction on some core facet of the Shakuhachi: repertoire, technique, theory, philosophy, history, lore and more.

4. "Shakucamp Jump-start Program" You can actually start your camp experience before arriving at Sunrise Ranch in late June. Camp registrants will be given access to a private page on the Shakucamp website where sheet music files of the teaching materials and pieces offered at camp can be browsed, perused, and downloaded at will. Audio files will also be made available for musical reference.
Our strong faculty will be offering a wide ranging and very deep curriculum. In addition to the standard classical Honkyoku (Zen solos) and Sankyoku (shamisen/koto/shakuhachi), and modern solos and ensembles, faculty will teach improvisation and much more.
It is going to be a wonderful 4 nights and 5 days (or 6 days and 5 nights if you come to the Boulder concert!). We hope to see you this summer!
David Wheeler, Kansuke II (2011 Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Faculty
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