Who is the ESS for?

Membership of the ESS is open both to players of the shakuhachi and to non-players who are interested in the music of the shakuhachi in all its forms. Since the ESS is not affiliated with a particular school or aesthetic direction, its members represent a broad cross-section of styles and genres of shakuhachi.

Why join the ESS for?

Supporting ESS through joining is a means of helping maintain a co-ordinating resource for the shakuhachi in Europe.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of membership include access to information about shakuhachi events and tuition throughout Europe and beyond, as well as discounted participation fees at events such as the European Shakuhachi Summer Schools.

Furthermore there is the ESS Members Area at, which consists of exclusive online resources like e.g. concert recordings of past Summer Schools and events, previous Summer School notations and the ESS Newsletter back-issues.

Once you have a valid membership subscription, our secretary will issue you with the relevant information on how you can access the online content.

Also, ESS members will receive a 10% discount on all items purchased on The offer includes jinuri, jinashi, restored vintage shakuhachi flutes, shakulute headjoints, accessories, playing guides, books, CDs, DVDs, etc. (and any of the items for sale). In order to receive this discount, you’ll have to quote your ESS membership number and expiration date to Monty Levenson, the owner of

How much does it cost to join?

The annual membership subscription fee is €20 and your membership starts from the date of your first subscription payment.

The membership will be renewed automatically the following year and you will receive a notification about the renewal. If you wish not to have your membership renewed, please follow the instructions on our cancellations page.

Lifetime membership is also available for €300 one-off payment.

How do I join?

Joining the ESS is simple:

  • Send an email to the ESS Membership Secretary, giving your name and contact details, and, if you wish, a little information about your interest in and experience with the Shakuhachi.
  • Pay the membership fee using PayPal. If you cannot make payment using this method, please send an email to the ESS Membership Secretary so that alternative arrangements can be made.


Annual Membership fee
Cotisation annuelle
Cuota de socio anual
Mitgliedschaftsgebühr pro Jahr


Adhésion à vie
Membresía vitalicia

We look forward to welcoming you into the European Shakuhachi Society.