Sunday, May 8, 2016


Recently released recordings of the Taizan-ha repertoire.  Of the 39 pieces, Sakai Shodo played 27 pieces on a Gyokusui III jinashi to represent his life work in this definitive Chikuho ryu interpretation of Taizan honkyoku.  The 12 remaining honkyoku were played on two shakuhachi by Gyokusui II, which if made in the last 30 years, would have found Gyokusui III doing the prep and even finishing work.  Of all the bamboo instruments in the world, Sakai Shodo chose living maker Gyokusui III for most of this recorded legacy.  Impressive.