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Riley Lee. Shakuhachi player since 1971. Grand Master since 1980.
What others say
Lee’s sound is so astonishingly pure: it aches with the sadness of loss and the sadness of wisdom, pulses with the joy of being alive and whispers of an elegance almost too exotic to be true.
Affecting, moving, admirable, the performing techniques involved, especially the breath control, defy belief
…atmospheric, even spell-binding music, Echoes of eternal time…haunting
He is, by any standards, a remarkable musician with an amazing command of fractional inflections of tones, achieved with a wide range of finger and breath attacks on every note. …. Beautifully evocative sounds
Lee could serve as any performer’s model in his ability to capture the attention of his audience immediately and straightforwardly
..a superb musician and an innovative and prolific composer. The shakuhachi is a transcendentally beautiful instrument and Lee’s playing has an emotional and meditative power which overwhelms his obvious technical expertise
Riley Lee’s tonal control is inescapably uncanny. Most assuredly a master-player of the shakuhachi
Outstanding eloquence on the shakuhachi
Lee’s shakuhachi music has an unusually soft, lyrical sound, which offers a feeling of meditative beauty
Strangely haunting… seductive
His natural musical sensitivity combined with a carefully nurtured technique make him an exciting and delightful performer
Riley Lee played…with unutterably subtle sensibility
Members have access to over 50 recordings of Chikuho honkyoku as taught to me by the second head of the Chikuho lineage, Sakai Chikuho II, min’yô (folksongs) and a number of other pieces.
Acess to fingering charts and Notations for all beginner exercises