NowHere 2021

NowHere 2021: ESS Online Winter Shakuhachi Festival, 6–7 February 2021

Event website here:

Following on from the very successful online event in August, the ESS is pleased to announce that it will holding a 2-day online Winter NowHere II Festival in February 2021 showcasing some of the finest players and teachers from Japan and Europe. On offer is a real potpourri :

  • John Kaizan Neptune who has written more pieces for shakuhachi that anyone else ever and in a wide variety of genres will share with us his approach to the art of composition and show us how we can do it ourselves.
  • Three leading performers will teach us how the same piece, the iconic ‘Tsuru no Sugomori’ (The Nesting of Cranes), is approached and played by three different schools of shakuhachi. This is a unique opportunity made possible by ESS’s remit to disseminate the rich diversity of shakuhachi styles which will be insightful for players of all levels.
  • A chance to learn two honkyoku at Elementary–Intermediate level: ‘Shingetsu’ from the KSK and ‘Higo-Sashi’ from the Hijiri-kai
  • Tips and Techniques: Two sessions on how to approach and improve your daily practice.

Teaching materials are now available on the website for registered participants.

Dates: 6–7 February 2021

Special guest teachers from Japan: John Kaizan Neptune, Mizuno Kohmei

European teachers: Helene Seiyu Codjo, Christophe Kazan Gaston, Antonio Enzan Olías, Emmanuelle Rouaud

Fee: €30 for non-ESS members, €25 for ESS members.

More info & registration at:

Technology: Zoom. Before the event, you will receive an e-mail with the links/Zoom invitations to the sessions.