If you find yourself mesmerized by the soulful sounds of the Shakuhachi flute, read on for an exciting opportunity!
As you may know, the shakuhach, which became quite popular in the 1980s because of its use in Western popular music, is a Japanese end-blown flute. It is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in plastic and hardwoods. Shakuhachi was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (blowing meditation).
Shakuhachi are traditionally made from the root end of a bamboo culm. Professional players can produce all pitches and play a wide repertoire including ensemble music with koto, original Zen music, jazz, folk music and modern pieces.
Shakuhachi can produce great subtlety and a wide variety of tone colors depending upon the player’s skill. Different embouchures, blowing angles, fingerings (including partially covering finger holes, and various amounts of meri (pitch bending) can produce notes of the same pitch all with differences in the tone color.
If you’re intrigued, the shakuhachi flute players’ group is the place for you! The purpose of this group is to help Japanese shakuhachi flute players find each other and get together on a regular basis. The group also hopes to foster the growth of shakuhachi players in the greater Phoenix valley. This group is for all levels of Shakuhachi players from people who just have an interest in the music to experienced players. The group does not provide formal instruction but members will mentor and help each other learn and grow in their playing.
The group has its gathering at the Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place (SNAP). There is a $5 charge, with 100% of that fee going to cover the use of the gathering space. All levels of players are welcome; Even if you’ve never played a Shakuhachi, you’re welcome to attend!
Shakuhachi topics often covered include basic technique, notation, history/theory, extended techniques and specific pieces from the classical repertoire. Topics depend upon who attends. For those who already play, there will be time to show off and play what you’d like.
What: Shakuhachi flute gathering
Where: Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place (SNAP), 4425 North Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
When: Oct. 22, 2011 (and the first Saturday of each month), 10AM – 12PM
Cost: $5 donation to cover the cost of using the space at SNAP
More info: Shakuhachi flute gathering
More information on SNAP:
Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place (SNAP) is the 501(c)3 non-profit arts outreach arm of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ. SNAP provides space for people of all ages to explore, express, and experience their own creativity. Originally called Ocotillo Center for Creativity and co-founded in 2007 by Rev. Katharine Harts, Lisa Sampson, Jill Marderness, Carrie Abts and Dan Loven, non-profit status was achieved in July of 2009 and the name was changed in April of 2010 to better serve and represent the citizens of south Scottsdale.
SNAP offers both adult and youth programming. Current programming focuses on their resident dance company, Dias Dance Life, www.diasdancelife.com, Gentle Yoga, Visual arts programming, partnering with local theater companies for rehearsal space and offering top notch instructors for individual music lessons (including flute lessons). Future plans include Funtastic Fall and Spring Break Arts Camps plus an after school arts program. SNAP presents special concert events and workshops in arts and personal improvement.