I specialize in the unique regional styles of Edo period honkyoku shakuhachi music which was composed by the komuso monks. These Edo period styles are not to be confused with the post Edo period styles which were created by such masters as Watazumi, Jin Nyodo, and Higuchi Taizan (Myoan). 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.
In addition to teaching, I provide many free instructional materials such as my youtube videos and the guides here on my website. My book, Your Shakuhachi Journey has also helped people with learning this instrument. I hope you enjoy my site and find it informative. You can view my most recent youtube video below…
How to play shakuhachi
I started playing the shakuhachi in my teens and at age twenty 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 ultimately decided that I would rather learn and teach the older honkyoku styles from the Edo period. I was able to begin studying these Edo period styles under Justin Senryu Williams.
I was granted permission to teach the Seien ryu Fudaiji honkyoku by Justin as well his teacher for the Seien ryu, the current Iemoto or “head” of the style, Iwata Seien VI. As for shakuhachi making, I pioneered the use of Japanese Madake bamboo (Phyllostachys Bambusoides) growing in The US which I personally harvested from established groves.
All of these experiences have rooted in me a great respect and love for bamboo and the shakuhachi. It is my humble task and great joy to do my part in helping to keep this wonderful art form alive.