Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sanya for

                 Katsuya Yokoyama
born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture in 1934
                                              died April 21, 2010

In Memoriam
Hosen-ji Temple, 2-33-3 Chuo, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, from 10:30am of Monday, April 26th
All around the world homage will be played through the honkyoku Sanya at 11:00am Tokyo time.
This will be Chicago Central Standard Time 9 PM, April 25 tonight..

Join in the playing of Sanya around the world for this great teacher of shakuhachi.

"The events in our lives grow from the experiences we obtained through our past daily lives--we human beings live through day by day--and the fact that I am talking like this now (1991) is a sort of event, and not knowing what I should say, I sometimes think, "God, I shouldn't have said that".  But someow controlling myself, I manage to continue the discussion.  I used to think it was strange that I didn't have a similar experience in music, in sound, which is my occupation."

""Things turn out the way they will, and if things start to deteriorate, they will deteriorate to the end.  Really good things will survive whatever period may come.  That's what I think.  This is a nihilistic answer, I suppose.  We scarcely have room to present our performances to the public, nor do we have the energy to fight against these adverse circumstances.  I don't know if this has always been the case in the course of history, but now is a time we are exposed to an unprecented flood of sounds.  It will be a good trial to strive to compete under these circumstances with a great variety of music.  And only good things will survive for certain, and even some good things may be lost.  That is the reality.  It is just the same as the way in which good people tend to die earlier.  Good things may be lost at any time; we are living in such an age.  It makes me feel a stronger urge to keep on going, but under these circumstances, things will probably become worse."

preserve the heritage; persevere through sound