Keisuke Zenyoji: Shirabe (Nezasa Ha) and Sagariha (Nezasa Ha)

Keisuke Zenyoji will teach two pieces of a rare and outstanding school, the Nezasa Ha, which comes from the Tsugaru Region in Northern Japan and belonged to the original sixteen sub-sects of the Fuke sect. Pieces of  this school typically include an unusual vibrato created by forceful pulsations of breath, so called  komi-buki. Pieces of this school compose a significant part of Zenyoji's artistic profile and it will be a rare opportunity to study them in great detail.


Christopher Yohmei Blasdel: Taki Otoshi (Kinko - Chikumeisha) and Chidori (sankyoku)

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel is going to teach demanding pieces of the Kinko style. Taki Otoshi is a piece belonging to the repertoir of Kinko honkyoku (original pieces). It is derived from a Fuke piece Taki Ochi and therefore it is an illustration of falling water in a waterfall through different seasons of the year. The place of origin of the piece is waterfall of Asahi Taki on Izu peninsula. Another Blasdel's piece will be one of the classics of the sankyoku repertoir, Chidori. Sankyoku is chamber music for shakuhachi, koto and shamisen. Grandmaster of koto, Haruko Watanabe, will assist Blasdel and accompany students during the group lessons.


Jim Franklin: Yamato Choshi (Chikuho Ryu) and Daha (Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan)

Lessons by Jim Franklin will focus Yamato Choshi of the Chikuho School and a dokyoku piece, Daha, passed on to him through his main teacher, Katsuya Yokoyama. Yamato Choshi although it is analogical to other choshi pieces in the sense it is an introductory piece to other, longer, honkyoku. Musically and structurally, however, it is an independent piece.


Vlastislav Matoušek: Ordo Ordinis and Calligraphies

Vlastislav Matoušek will teach two of his own compostitions, or, to be more precise, one composition and one series of seven extremely short pieces called Calligraphies.  The Calligraphies are inspired by ancient tanka poems found in the book One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets. Originally they were composed for voice and bamboo, however, at the Summer School they will be taught as shakuhachi duets. This was suggested by the author should be problematic since both parts use musical language of the traditional shakuhachi pieces.

The other Matoušek's composition will be Ordo Ordinis notation of which you can find the public section of our archive.


Teachers will lead the individual lessons to further detailed personal understanding of pieces taught in groups lessons.

Scores and recordings of the above mentioned compositions you will find in our archive when you put in correct login data which will be disclosed to you when you send in the application form.