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Shakuhachi Festival of The Pacific

December 15, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Mānoa Campus, 2411 Dole St, Honolulu, HI 96822

The East-West Center Arts Program and the UH Mānoa Music Department Present:

Shakuhachi Festival of the Pacific

A celebration of the Japanese bamboo flute Masters’ Concert
Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 pm
Orvis Auditorium $10-$20
Featuring traditional and contemporary shakuhachi Music
performed in various styles by world masters

Experience the magical tones of Japan’s traditional bamboo flute as shakuhachi lovers from around the world congregate for study, performance and camaraderie.

The centerpiece of this four-day festival will be a Masters’ Concert on Friday, Dec. 15 featuring traditional and contemporary shakuhachi pieces performed in various styles by world masters including Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (Hawai‘i), Steven Taizen Casano (Hawai‘i), Robert Herr (Hawai‘i), Yōzan Kaminaga (Japan), Riley Lee (Australia), Gunnar Jinmei Linder (Sweden), Kazushi Matama (Japan), Ranzan Mitsui (Japan) and Chris Molina (Hawai‘i), along with special guests Kenny Endo (percussion), Kikuko Sato (shamisen), Mika Kimula (voice) and others.

Also featured will be workshops and lessons in various styles of shakuhachi playing for every skill level, with a special discount and instruments available for absolute beginners. Participation fees, which range from $175 to $350, include access to all concerts, workshops, lessons and an academic conference presenting the latest in shakuhachi research.

Festival & Workshops
Dec. 15-18
Including classes for all skill levels.

For festival registration and information, visit

Note to media: Press photos available on request.

Sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Music Department and the East-West Center Arts Program, with support from the Japan Foundation and the UH Center for Japanese Studies.

The EAST-WEST CENTER promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

For more than 35 years the EWC Arts Program has enriched the community through concerts, lectures, symposia, and exhibitions focusing on traditional arts of the region, and by arranging cultural and educational tours by artists who are skilled in bridging cultures.

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Event Sponsor
UH Manoa Music Department and East-West Center Arts Program, Mānoa Campus

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