NEWS – THE EUROPEAN SHAKUHACHI SOCIETY – NEWS
*** ANNOUNCEMENT 27-11-2015 ***
Following the postponement of the planned World Shakuhachi Festival (WSF) in Prague 2016, with the intention of holding it instead in 2017 at a different location, the European Shakuhachi Society (ESS) advises that it is hoping to hold the following events:
1. A European Shakuhachi Summer School in 2016. Negotiations are currently underway for a suitable venue. This event, currently planned for July 2016, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the creation of the European Shakuhachi Society, and will gather not only many of the top shakuhachi teachers in Europe, but will also include international guests from Japan. The ESS Committee is currently in communication with potential invitees.
2. A World Shakuhachi Festival, to be organised collaboratively by ESS and Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan (KSK), to be held in 2017.
It is hoped that this event will pick up the threads of the postponed WSF2016, and we hope to welcome to this Festival the guests from Japan and elsewhere who were invited to WSF2016. Negotiations are underway for a venue and dates for WSF2017. We will advise you of progress in planning these events, and hope to be able to provide more details very soon.
The ESS Committee and Advisors
A small souvenir of the European Shakuhachi Summer School 2015 in Paris. Thanks to all participants! Video by Marine Bourserie.
For more photos and information please visit: Summer Schools/Radolfzell-2014
** NEW ESS NEWSLETTER ** VOL2 2014 JUST PUBLISHED The new ESS newsletter Vol.2 2014 has just been published. It features new articles and information around the shakuhachi – you can find it in the Publication section here: Publications/Newsletter
** APRIL UPDATE: ** Radolfzell Summer School draft schedule uploaded Visit the Schedule & Concerts page to download the latest schedule.
** MARCH UPDATE: ** INDIVIDUAL LESSONS with Furuya Teruo, Matama Kazushi and Kakizakai Kaoru at Radolfzell 2014 Please see the Teachers page on the Radolfzell 2014 website for details of how to book an individual lesson in the days prior to the Radolfzell Summer School.
** NEW ESS NEWSLETTER ** VOL1 2014 JUST PUBLISHED The new ESS newsletter Vol.1 2014 has just been published. It features new articles and information around the shakuhachi – you can find it in the Publication section here: Publications/Newsletter
** CD REVIEWS ** NEW REVIEW JUST ADDED Rodrigo Rodriguez – The Road Of Hasekura Tsunenaga reviewed by Clive Bell. You can read it in the CD Review section here: Publications/CD Reviews
** SUMMER SCHOOL UPDATE ** RADOLFZELL 2014 – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN In 2014, the European Shakuhachi Summer School will be held from June 19 to 22, in the town of Radolfzell in southern Germany, on the shores of Bodensee, the lake separating Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The focus of the 2014 Summer School will be honkyoku, with emphasis on the lineage of Yokoyama Katsuya as propagated by the Koksuai Shakuhachi Kenshukan, as well as contemporary music for shakuhachi. Other schools and directions will, of course, also be represented and taught, including Tozan and Kinko. For more information and to register please visit: http://radolfzell2014.shakuhachisociety.eu
** CD REVIEWS ** TWO NEW REVIEWS JUST ADDED Clive Bell reviews two recent releases in the CD Review section: Chiku Za – Take To Iki and Sabu Orimo – Kamakura Juniso. You can read them here: Publications/CD Reviews
** BARCELONA 2013 ** VIEW VIDEOS & PHOTOS OF THE 2013 SUMMER SCHOOL The European Shakuhachi Society Summer School 2013 was held in Barcelona, Spain and was a great success. The activities included the teaching of four different honkyoku lines (Chikuho, KSK, Kinko & Zensabo), contemporary music (both regarding composing and performing), beginners groups, min’yo, shamisen, koto, meditation and the body in practice. In addition to the classes we had conferences on several topics by both composers and teachers. Contemporary music was an important part of the event and featured special commission of five compositions for solo shakuhachi, that were premiered during the teachers concerts. There also were one student concert and one “open mic night”. The list of teachers included: Kaoru Kakizakai, Gunnar Jinmei Linder, Veronique Piron, Kiku Day, Jim Ashley Franklin, Yoshie Sakai (koto), Fumie Hihara (shamisen & koto) and Vika Kleiman (the body in practice). We had participants from countries as diverse as: Spain, UK, Holland, Germany, Norway, Italy, Russia, USA, Japan, Australia, and Greece among others. The ESS coordinated with the “Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya” (ESMUC), one of the top official music teaching institution in Spain, to organize the event. Two more institutions joined in on the organization: the “Museu de la música de Barcelona” (Barcelona Music Museum) and the “L´Auditori” concert hall. We were really fortunate to have an excellent venue – the shakuhachi making workshops at the Music Museum Workshop, the two teachers concerts at “L´Auditori” concert hall and all the rest of the activities at the ESMUC – all in the same building! The videos & photos you can view here: Summer Schools/Barcelona 2013 We are looking forward seeing you at the next ESS Summer School in Radolfzell in 2014!
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