Welcome to my website. I teach people from around the world how to play the shakuhachi and its beautiful forms of traditional music. It is my pleasure to offer lessons to students worldwide using Skype video chat. I invite you to try a complimentary one with me. Contact me and I will be happy to arrange it.
My focus is on the unique regional styles of solo honkyoku music which were mostly composed by the komuso monks during the Edo period. I also teach post Edo period styles which were created by such masters as Watazumi, Jin Nyodo, and Higuchi Taizan (Myoan/Meian). It is my humble task and a great joy to 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 Fudaiji honkyoku of the Seien ryu.
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 to be informative! You can view my most recent youtube video 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. I was able to begin studying these older styles with Justin Senryu Williams and now I 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.