Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Outdoor test of Senryu shakuhachi; made in the style of Araki Chikuo. This flute was desired by the maker Justin Senryu as his personal 1.8 jinashi sound instrument.
The Asahi Waterfall is the physical inspiration for sound within Taki Ochi; one of the most revealing honkyoku of the Taizan-ha repetoire. To be like water...
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Watazumi plays a 3.25 jinashi shakuhachi. The Japanese text expresses playing with the heart, and in spite of distractions, playing with a focus that does not divert from the true path.
Boiling water for tea. This may be a Watazumi look-alike. Or the photo may be flopped...Watazumi plays with his right hand on top. Thanks, Prem for pointing this out...possible player could also be Kenji Endo. A good photo.
Extreme widebore dynamic sound.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
During the late 60's in New York, Mori-san purchased the above scroll in the Chinatown distrtict; the painting reminded him of Kyozan Sensei waiting for him as he walked up to the door of the old Taizan-Ha practice house carrying his bag of shakuhachi. Kyozan-san would say, "Ah, Horiuchi, you are here."
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Mori-san plays a lacquered Yuu, a plastic-molded shakuhachi. When a student introduced this flute for evaluation on a nature walk, Mori-san sat on a tall bench and played Choshi over the wind in an Illinois prarie. After finishing, he reflected, smiled and said, "It sounds like bamboo."
Guardian and the ancient Myoan Temple Bell treasure; this ornate bell was hung from its two holes by a rope. For over one hundred years, a deep sound for ceremonies and meals was made by striking a wooden mallet upon the lotus design between the two mythic birds.