World Shakuhachi Festival

Photo Album

Opening Day Events
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Shakuhachi Odyssey:The World of Shakuhachi with Drums, Drama & Dance
A plotted performance that takesthe audience on a musical journey with the shakuhachi, featuringaspects of its Zen origins and history, its classical and modernJapanese traditions, and the new geographical and musical directionsit moves in today. A collaboration of top shakuhachi artists fromJapan and the U.S., Helander Dance Theater, Denver Taiko and otherlocal musicians.
Macky Auditorium, CU Boulder - Tuesday, July 7th
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Shakuhachi at Chautauqua
This gala concert of the festivalfeatured Jazz with John Kaizan Neptune & Friends, contemporaryworks by the Tokyo Modern Shakuhachi Ensemble, Katsuya Yokoyamaand his Chikushin-kai group and others. Three hundred shakuhachiplayers from around the world raised Chautauqua's roof in thespecial work for shakuhachi orchestra.
Chautaqua Auditorium, Boulder - Wednesday, July 8th
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Living Treasuresof Japan
The World's GreatestShakuhachi Recital. Led by Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi,the five greatest masters of the shakuhachi in the world todayalong with top accompanists from Japan presented the festival'sfinale concert performing their signature works in solo and ensemble.
Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver - Thursday, July 9th
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Master Classes
During the week of the Festival,each of the five esteemed teachers taught a group class coveringone of the traditional honkyoku pieces. Yamaguchi Sensei: Shikano Tone; Yokoyama Sensei: Sanya; Yamamoto Sensei: Tsuru no Sugomori;Aoki Sensei: Sokaku Reibo; Araki Sensei: Yoshiya Reibo.
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Workshops and BeginnerClasses
These numerous workshops and classes covered every conceivableaspect of shakuhachi: performance tips, practice techniques, meditation,reading notation, breathing, body & breath, musical composition,shakuhachi making as well as many scholarly lectures dealing withthe philosophy and history of the shakuhachi.
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Shakuhachi MakersVenue
Shakuhachi craftsmen from Japanand America as well as makers of other bamboo flutes set up boothsto display and sell their instruments.
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Closing Banquet - Saturday, July 11th
A gala finale to a very special week in Boulder.
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Most of the photos in this album were taken bySteven Hagerth who worked hard to make them available for allto see. Many thanks, Steve.

More Photos of the World ShakuhachiFestival 1998 can be found on MikeFirman's homepage and BillAtwood's site.

Read Stuart Goodnick's report of theFestival, Bells Ringing in theEmpty Sky of Boulder

A video and commemorative CD of theFestival as well as a poster and T-shirt will soon be available.Funds generated from the sale of these items will be used to financethe next event. Go to the WorldShakuhachi Festival Web Site for details.

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