Prague Shakuhachi Summer School 09 - Concerts


Friday 14.08.09 - the courtyard of New Town town-hall (in case of bad weather the Great Hall) - free entry


19:00 New Media + Shakuhachi: exhibition opening

20:00 Festival's opening concert: Data-Live & Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, electronics & shakuhachi - unique collaboration between  artists coming from different musical genres; live electronic music in combination with the shakuhachi

21:30 Relaxace (legendary Czech ensemble of acoustic meditation music - Jiří Mazánek, Karel Babuljak, Vlastislav Matoušek)

22:00 Afterparty: Dj Nemesys



Saturday 15.08.09 - Maazhaus of New Town town-hall - admission 180/120 CZK


20:00 Contemporary Music for Shakuhachi

Among other pieces festival's guests-composers will perform their own contemporary and experimental compositions.

Performers:  Jim Franklin (shakuhachi & electronics), Keisuke Zenyoji (shakuhachi), Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (shakuhachi), Nao Higano (voice), Haruko Watanabe (koto), Vlastislav Matoušek (shakuhachi) and Klára Matoušková (voice and sacral bells)



Sunday 16.08.09 - The Great Hall of New Town town-hall - admission 300/200 CZK


20:00 Main Concert of Prague Shakuhachi Summer School - famous traditional and contemporary compositions performed by top players; concert will be recorded for DVD.

Performers: Keisuke Zenyoji   (shakuhachi), Haruko Watanabe (koto), Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (shakuhachi), Vlastislav Matoušek (shakuhachi) and Jim Franklin (shakuhachi)



Monday 17.08.09 - Maazhaus of New Town town-hall - admission 150/100 CZK


20:00 "Zen:  Sound and Silence" - spiritual music of the shakuhachi handed down for centuries within a closed circle of the initiated; tradition of playing which was considered a spiritual practice - a meditation.

Performers: Jim Franklin, Vlastislav Matoušek, Keisuke Zenyoji, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel and Edjun Iechika



Tuseday 18.08.09 - Maazhaus of New Town town-hall - free entry


20:00 Student concert - Performers: Summer School's participants

22:00 Festival Closing



Festival Pass - transferable ticket to all concerts can be acquired for discounted price 400 CZK


Tickets available through TICKETPORTAL,, or on the spot.


The festival is conducted in cooperation with Embassy of Japan and with financial support of Ministry of Culture and Prague City Hall