Entries by MWD

Confucius Institute – University of Sydney

Beibei Wang: Rhythms of the WorldShare London-based young percussion virtuoso comes to Sydney for the Confucius Institute’s annual concert on Sunday 22 September with special guests Taikoz and Riley Lee. Experience a concert that of […]

FU HO U AND RO TSU RE

The only theory behind the kana used in shakuhachi notation that I have heard of goes like this: The earliest notation (early 1600s) used the kana fu, ho, u, e, ya, i. These were chosen […]

Shakuhachi in Australia

The shakuhachi is an end-blown flute traditionally made of bamboo. It was imported from China into Japan in the early eighth century, and remains one of Japan’s more popular traditional musical instruments. Despite it’s long […]

Ji nashi flutes

There are many differences between ji-nashi flutes and flutes made with ji. But then, there are also an infinite number of differences between all of the flutes that are made with ji. In other words, […]

Never too old

Someone once asked me if his desire to begin learning the shakuhachi at the ‘advanced’ age of 38 was a sign of mid-life crisis, being too old to start learning a musical instrument. Below is […]