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MARCH 2020Teruo FURUYA performing with a shakuhachi made by Shakuhachi Atelier! I was very happy when Furuya sensei asked me to use one of the shakuhachi I made for his European premiere of Shofugin at his recent concert in Paris. The piece, composed by Keisuke Doi, is for 2.0 shakuhachi and voice. A short extract of Furuya’s performance you can see below:

JANUARY 2020Teruo FURUYA & Mizuka ONISHI Masterclass Paris 2020. Just finished the flyer for this years’ Masterclass! This year we are back at the Academy of Music and Theater Saint-Maurice/Paris. Of course there will be again an opportunity to test and purchase shakuhachi from Shakuhachi Atelier at the event. Hope to meet you there, meanwhile read all the details on the event page here.

JANUARY 2020Happy New Year to everyone! We at Shakuhachi Atelier wish you much success with all your plans and projects in 2020.

DECEMBER 2019 – As part of the “Découverte de la musique japonaise” weekend of Emmanuelle Rouaud and Naoko Kikuchi in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France, I was presenting my PVC shakuhachi at the Franco-Japanese Cultural Institute, Salle Jacques Brel as well as the Canal Mediatheque in Montigny. Some impression on the event page here.

DECEMBER 2019New 2.0 shakuhachi now in stock! A fine player with darkish tone colour and easy accessible meri notes, made from Japanese bamboo. See more details at shop page jiari-shakuhachi

DECEMBER 2019Introductory free skype session! Shakuhachi-atelier.com has teamed up with professional flutist and shakuhachi performer Emmanuelle Rouaud (emmanuelle-rouaud.com) and is happy to announce that we can offer now a free skype session to help you get started with your new instrument purchased at shakuhachi-atelier.com (either bamboo or PVC). The session will cover basic fingering positions, posture and sound production as well as the basic handling and maintenance of your (bamboo) shakuhachi. The session will last approx. 30 minutes and can be conducted either in English, French or German. Further lessons can be arranged with Emmanuelle (€ 35 / 45 minutes), if you wish to continue studying shakuhachi via skype. Just drop us an email to arrange your free session.

NOVEMBER 2019 – We just launched the CD & Notation page in our shakuhachi shop. We are aiming to offer a selection of shakuhachi music, ranging from traditional to contemporary on CD, which are not at all or not widely available otherwise. There is also a selection of sankyoku sheet notation as published by the Chikuyusha school in Japan. Have a browse. More CDs and notation added in due time.
See shop page > shakuhachi cd & notation

SEPTEMBER 2019New 1.8 now in stock! One new beautiful shakuhachi is available in the shop now.
See shop pages > jiari shakuhachi

SEPTEMBER 2019 – Just returned from Japan. It was a very interesting and informative time to study there with the master shakuhachi maker Miura Ryuho and to delve deeper into jiari making processes. Looking forward to put it all into practice in my shakuhachi making workshop!
Also took part in the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan (KSK) Festival in Bisei celebrating 30 years since Yokoyama Katsuya founded the Kenshūkan. Some pics in the gallery page and you can read my report of th event on the blog page here

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JULY 2019New 1.8 now in stock! Three new beautiful shakuhachi were just finished and are available in the shop now. See shop pages > jiari shakuhachi

JUNE 2019 – Choose your colour! PVC shakuhachi now available! See Shop > pvc shakuhachi

MAY 2019 – Bryan Fleming posted a nice video of him playing the flute he bought from shakuhachi-atelier at the WSF2018 in London. Thanks! Sounds great! 😉 The Parting Glass Shakuhachi Cover

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Welcome to shakuhachi-atelier.com website! Handmade with traditional methods from japanese bamboo (madake) we offer quality shakuhachi flutes made in Europe and aim to offer affordable shakuhachi for the ever increasing community of European players and beyond.

If you are interested in acquiring a shakuhachi please check out our available instruments here. Availability changes regularly as new instruments are arriving from my making workshop.

If you are not sure if you ready for the world of bamboo shakuhachi I also craft a variety of PVC shakuhachi which offers a great way of making the first steps.

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SHAKUHACHI

The shakuhachi is a vertical, end-blown Japanese bamboo flute, tuned to a pentatonic scale. It is made from thick-walled madake bamboo and has four holes on the front and one at the back making a pentatonic scale but through the meri/kari system of partial hole closing, up and down head movements and subtle changes in embouchure, a 12-tone chromatic scale up to three octaves can be produced.

Its diverse and long history ranges from being used as a meditative tool by Zen Buddhist priests, an instrument for folk music and traditional ensemble music, as well as an instrument valued within the contemporary musical context and among avant-garde composers due to its ability to express subtle change in tone colours, pitch and dynamics.

You can read more about the shakuhachi history and construction here.

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