Below you can find a selection of upcoming shakuhachi related events – e.g. workshops, making demonstrations or concerts – where shakuhachi atelier is either being actively involved in or is part of the organisational team. Hope to see you there!


Un Automne au Japon
Fabrication instrument & Musique Traditionnelle Japonaise

In October I will be giving a demonstration of various processes involved in jiari shakuhachi making at the Conservatoire Municipal de Musique in Saulx-les-Chartreux near Paris.

This day which will also features introductions to the three Japanese instruments, shakuhachi, koto and shamisen and in the evening there will be a concert by Emmanuelle Rouaud (shakuhachi) and Fumie Hihara (koto and shamisen) featuring sankyoku, shinkyoku and honkyoku music.

Date: 16. October 2021
Times introduction & demonstration: 16h30 – 18h30
Times concert: 20h30
Location: Salle Boris Vian, Conservatoire de Musique
49 rue de la Division Leclerc
91160 Saulx-les-Chartreux

JULY 2021


July will be a busy month – Firstly I will be presenting a jiari making demonstration at this years’ online ESS summer event. We will look at the process of making a middle joint (nakatsugi).
The demonstration (video + talk) will be on Saturday 24 July between 15h15 – 16h15 (CEST).

On Sunday 25 July my performance of the KSK piece Daha is included in the evening concert. (Played on a 2.4 made at my workshop 🙂 The concert will be presented as video clips.

And finally on Saturday 31 July between 11h15 – 11h45 I will present my experimental short film Listening Station which combines video footage of the abandoned US listening station on the outskirts of Berlin with site-specific improvisation performed on shakuhachi in the building itself to create a multi-layered exploration of the building and its ambience.

Dates: 24+25 July & 31 July + 1 August

APRIL 2021


We are pleased to announce an online workshop with Teruo Furuya!
Teruo Furuya, director and principle instructor of the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan (KSK), will present honkyoku as transmitted through KSK, modern composition by Fukuda Rando and sessions on technique. This is a excellent opportunity to learn from one of the leading players active today. All levels welcome. Workshop places are limited to about 16 places.

Any questions please contact us at:

Workshop dates: Sat/Sun 17/18.4 & Sat/Sun 24.4/25.4
Workshop times: 10h00 – 13h00 (Central European Summer Time, CEST)

Fees: € 80 (£70/U$ 96/¥10,750)
Teaching language: Japanese/English
Translators: James Long (17/18.4) and Phillip Meese (24/25.4)
Technology: Zoom
(recordings will be available to view for 4 weeks after the event.)

Honkyoku pieces taught:
Kuyo no kyoku / 供養曲 (レ & り tuning)
Yamagoe / 山越
Tamuke / 手向
San’ya (Mountain Valley) / 山谷

Modern pieces taught:
Fukuda Rando: Gekkoh Rohteki /月光弄笛, Kikyo-Genso-kyoku / 桔梗幻想曲

Note: Times shown are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Sat 17.04 (WORKSHOP DAY I)
Session 1.1: 10h00 – 11h00 Honkyoku Kuyo no kyoku (レ & り)
Session 1.2: 11h05 – 11h50 Technique 1
Session 1.3: 12h00 – 13h00 Honkyoku Yamagoe 1

Session 2.1: 10h00 – 11h00 Fukuda Rando (Azuma Ryū) / Gekkoh Rohteki
Session 2.2: 11h05 – 11h50 Technique 2
Session 2.3: 12h00 – 13h00 Honkyoku Sanya (Mountain Valley) 1
Screening 2.4: (time tba) DVD video of Teruo Furuya concert

Session 3.1: 10h00 – 11h00 Honkyoku Yamagoe 2
Session 3.2: 11h05 – 11h50 Technique 3
Session 3.3: 12h00 – 13h00 Honkyoku Sanya (Mountain Valley) 2

Session 4.1: 10h00 – 11h00 Honkyoku Tamuke
Session 4.2: 11h05 – 11h50 Fukuda Rando 2 Kikyo-Genso-kyoku
Session 4.3: 12h00 – 12h45 ‘Concert’ – Let’s play all the studied pieces together

Thank you!

Teruo Furuya website (english/japanese):
KSK website (japanese):


NowHere2020 – 1st European Shakuhachi Society Online Festival

This August shakuhachi atelier will present a session on jiari shakuhachi making covering aspects of the utaguchi (blowing edge) construction as part of the ESS Nowhere2020 online event. (Session is on Saturday 8 August, 13h00 — 13h45.)

Due to the current restrictions on gatherings and music events instead of the annual Summer School there will be an Online Festival hosted by the European Shakuhachi Society (ESS) this summer: NowHere2020. The dates are the 1/2 and 8/9 in August with three teaching sessions each day and as well as a general robuki/tips/welcome session starting off each day.

Besides teachers from Europe there will be Kurahashi Yodo II from Japan, Riley Lee from Australia and Alcvin Ramos from Canada. There are a variety of styles and schools represented and the pieces taught range from beginners to advanced levels.

You can see the full schedule and details about the registration process at the nowhere2020 website here:

MARCH 2020


We are excited to announce our 2020 Masterclass with Teruo FURUYA (shakuhachi), director and principal instructor of the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan (KSK) in Japan and Mizuka ONISHI (koto/shamisen), recipient of the Tottori Prefecture Cultural Achievement Award 2020, in Saint-Maurice (Paris). The dates are the weekend of the 7 & 8 March and for the location we will return to the Academy of Music and Theater of Saint Maurice.

As in previous years the masterclass will again offer an opportunity to study honkyoku pieces from the Katsuya YOKOYAMA lineage as transmitted through the Kenshūkan and from the wider KSK repertoire. This years’ pieces will be the two honkyoku Koku and Sagariha, the sokyoku Haru no Kyoku and the modern Fukuda RANDO composition Tabibito no Uta. For registered participants we will send you photocopied scores and sound files in due course.

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March

Olivier Messiaen Academy of Music and Theater Saint-Maurice
The François Devienne Auditorium
30 bis rue du Maréchal Leclerc
94410 Saint-Maurice/Paris

Metro line 8, Charenton-Écoles or École Vétérinaire de Maison-Alfort

Master class 10h00 – 17h30
Koto/Shamisen class 10h00 – 12h30
Lunch break 12h30 – 14h00

Shakuhachi 1 DAY = € 75 / 2 DAYS = € 140
Koto/Shamisen 1 DAY = € 60 / 2 DAYS = € 110

You are welcome to come to the masterclass for ‘listening only’ (€ 20 per day)

To reserve your place at the Masterclass 2020 or for any questions please contact us at furuya.masterclass[at] Fees to be paid on the first day in cash.

You can find all the info as PDF here

Hope to see you there!
Emmanuelle, Katsura, Thorsten


Découverte de la Musique Japonaise

As part of a weekend of traditional and contemporary japanese music with Emmanuelle Rouaud (shakuhachi) and Naoko Kikuchi (koto, shamisen) in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (France), I was presenting my PVC shakuhachi at the Franco-Japanese Cultural InstituteSalle Jacques Brel as well as the Canal Mediatheque in Montigny

‘Sakura’ – Shaku PVC yellow and blue played by students of the shakuhachi class at the Music Academy at Montigny-le-Bretonneux.
There was a lot of interest and efforts to make that elusive first ‘ro’ by audience members afterwards.
At the Franco-Japanese Cultural Institute even the youngest wanted to try!
And the shamisen.