Shakuhachi Diary #2

Since the last Shakuhachi Diary I have become increasingly obsessed with this wonderful instrument - the variety of pitches and timbres possible is mindboggling. Here is my new favourite player, Akikazu Nakamura, who I was lucky enough to see at the World Shakuhachi Festival in June of this year.

His performance begins at about two minutes - it's interesting because the sound analysis software clearly illustrates the way he manipulates the timbre of the instrument. The piece (I think) is called "nesting cranes" and at the beginning of the video he demonstrates how he evokes the sound of a parent crane and it's child (a chick, I suppose) simultaneously.

Also, I went to the UK recently for a short visit and recorded this on the beach:

I'll try and post more as I progress, but don't hold your breath.