Shakuhachi Performer, Writer, Lecturer on Japanese/Asian Music
Began the shakuhachi in 1972 under Goro Yamaguchi. Graduated (MFA) in ethnomusicology faculty, Tokyo University of Fine Arts, 1982.


Christopher specializes in traditional and contemporary Japanese music and avant-garde improvisation with a variety of artists.


Blasdel performs around the world and has taught or lectured at such prestigious institutions as Earlham College (Indiana), Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas), University of Washington (Seattle), Charles University (Prague) and many others. Discography includes Nine Navarasa (2010), Breath Play (2007), Visionary Tones (2005) and Zen Reveries (1996). Christopher was co-organizer of the Boulder World Shakuhachi Festival ’98, the Sydney World Shakuhachi Festival in 2008 and the yearly Prague Shakuhachi Festival. His publications include "The Single Tone―A Personal Journey through Shakuhachi Music" and “The Shakuhachi--A Manual for Learning.” Christopher presently teaches Japanese music at Temple University in Tokyo and is Artistic Director of the International House of Japan.  He has also practiced Aikido for over 35 years.

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