Japanese Flute – Shakuhachi

With Dieter Zuisho Nanz

The Shakuhachi, of Chinese origin, made it first appearance on Japanese soil in around 700AD. It was rediscovered several centuries later and soon became the instrument of choice for a school of travelling monks called the Komuso. Used for meditation, the bamboo flute’s sweet sounds were meant to express the force of breathing and its melodies explored almost infinite timbres and sounds. For a player needs only a sole tone, which he can change and ornament in a thousand ways.

Passed down from teacher to student, the repertoire of classic pieces, called honkyoku, took form. Master Kinko Kurosawa documented a large number of these pieces using a notation system that is still current. Learning, however, remains oral. The instrument is now moving from its traditional context and is being used in chamber music, pop music, contemporary composition and even in jazz. It is becoming a universal instrument.


Classes offer a gradual approach to honkyoku as is taught in the Jikisho School. Breathing techniques and musical expression complement the studies of instrumental technique. Quality instruments can be obtained through the teacher.

Dieter Zuisho Nanz, flutist and musicologist, has given concerts in Switzerland and Japan. He studied Shakuhachi in Japan with Kakiuchi Sanpo and Tajima Tadashi. Tadashi, the iemoto (founder) of the Jikisho-Ryu and recognised worldwide as one the greatest living representatives of his art, gave Dieter his Shihan (Master) title and asked him to teach Shakuhachi in Europe.


Dieter Nanz - tél.022 741 26 65 - E-mail :


1- Asa - Shakuhachi and Pipa
2- Daha no kyoku - Solo - Classical


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