SATORI East - Shakuhachi



a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, dating back over a thousand from around the globe and across the centuries.

Originally shakuhachi music was played exclusively by Zen Buddhist monks as a spiritual tool to seek enlightenment. Over the centuries, this music has been passed down from teacher to student in an unbroken tradition, and today is heard in concert halls around the world. Most of the music for shakuhachi is over three centuries old, and is still considered to be some of the most haunting and meditative music of any culture. The repertoire of more contemporary works is growing, combining shakuhachi and Western instruments. Though simple in design, the shakuhachi is considered one of the most difficult instruments to play. It can take months just to play a sound and decades to master the many subtle and complex techniques that give the music its special sound.

SATORI flutist Nora Nohraku Suggs has studied shakuhachi with Dai Shihan (Grand Master) James Nyoraku Schlefer for over 20 years, and received her Jun-shihan performance and teaching accreditation, and the Japanese performance name Nohraku, from his NYC Kyo-Shin-An dojo. In 2014, she received her Shihan (Master) license from Nyoraku Schlefer, endorsed by Dai Shihan Kurahashi Yodo II of Kyoto, Japan, and currently continues her studies with Nyoraku and with Australia's Dr. Riley Lee.


Hear shakuhachi in special SATORI East performances --     

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