Welcome to my website. I teach lessons people from around the world over Skype on how to play the shakuhachi and its beautiful forms of traditional music. Contact me and I will be happy to arrange a complimentary lesson for you.
My focus is on the unique regional styles of solo shakuhachi music known as honkyoku which were mostly composed by the komuso monks during the Edo period. I also teach pieces from post Edo period styles such as those created by Watazumi, Jin Nyodo, and Higuchi Taizan (Myoan/Meian).
It is my humble task and a great joy to help keep this music alive by passing it on to my students, thus continuing the centuries old tradition of the shakuhachi. As my student you will learn these precious forms of music beginning with the Edo period honkyoku of the Seien ryu from Fudai-ji.
My book Your Shakuhachi Journey has also helped a great number of people with learning how to play this instrument. You will find many free instructional materials here as well such as my videos and guides. Please enjoy my site and I hope you find it informative! You can view my youtube video How to play shakuhachi below…
My shakuhachi bio
I started playing the shakuhachi in my teens. At age nineteen I was fortunate enough to be able to move to New York City to study it full-time. After years of intense study in the Jin Nyodo style I decided to learn the older honkyoku styles from the Edo period. I was able to begin studying these older styles with Justin Senryu Williams and I now teach them to my students worldwide over Skype.
I am happy to have been able to pioneer the use of Japanese madake bamboo growing in The US for the making of shakuhachi. In addition, I’m the first person to copy a natural bamboo jinashi shakuhachi for the making of replicas. All of these experiences have rooted in me a great respect and love for bamboo and the shakuhachi. You can read my full bio here.