James Nyoraku Schlefer, Shakuhachi Grand Master, Music & Conversation James Nyoraku Schlefer, Shakuhachi Grand Master, Music & Conversation http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/252261Stokes Auditorium2014-01-27T18:00:002014-01-27T18:45:00
January 27,2014 6:00PM–6:45PM
James Nyoraku Schlefer is a leading performer and teacher of shakuhachi in New York City. An ardent performer of traditional Sankyoku and Honkyoku music, Schlefer also performs modern music for the intrument and is an active composer. He has appeared at Lincoln Center; the Kennedy Center; Tanglewood; the Metropolitan, Brooklyn and Philadelphia Museums; and BAM.
The Shakuhachi is an end-blown bamboo flute that has been played in Japan for over 1200 years. It is the only instrument associated with the practice of Zen Buddhism, and was performed during religious rituals by priests of the Fuke sect. During the Edo Period (1600-1868), Shakuhachi-playing monks known as Komusô ("Priest of Nothingness") wandered throughout Japan playing the shakuhachi in exchange for food or alms. They would pass from temple to temple learning pieces that were played at the various temples, as each had developed its own music. Thus was the repertoire expanded and shared as they sought to strike a perfect sound that would enlighten the world.
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