The winter storm
Hid in the bamboo grove
And quieted away.
Shakuhachi Kinko School Master Yoshinobu Taniguchi declared me a master player of the shakuhachi—traditional Japanese bamboo flute—in 1984 and bestowed on my the venerable honorific name “Koku” (“empty nothingness”). I subsequently received a Shi Han (master teacher) license from Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin. I have created a number of new works featuring the shakuhachi and have since added other Asian flutes, including the Korean tanso, and Chinese xiao, bawu and hulusi, to my repertoire of performing instruments. In addition to performing solo and with various other performers, I appear regularly as part of the NewBorn Trio, with glass players Miguel Frasconi and Katie Down. Click the links below to listen to/watch:
Spiral Notebook — from the Recording Journeys Have Destinations of Which the Traveler is Unaware, with guitarist Scott Fields.
Seventh Song — from the recording Eight Songs Between Morning and Dark, with percussionist Matt Hannafin.
Timbre Is Snow — bawu performance with The Chemical Composers, from the recording Notes are Rain, Timbre is Snow, with Constance Cooper, piano / Tom Desisto, electric guitar / John Cacciatore, percussion.
A Tree in Foreign Soil — shakuhachi concerto, excerpt performed by Seattle Creative Orchestra: Excerpt: A Tree in Foreign Soil (first pass).
Desire — work for solo shakuhachi.
Improvised shakuhachi solos:
Improvised tanso—in duet with percussionist Matt Hannafin (performed live at Conduit Dance in Portland, OR).
Silo Solo II (duet) — from the recording New Bamboo: Silo Solos (Sachimay Interventions), performed in two empty grain silos, with natural percussion, sounds combined.
Myaku/Pulse — composition for solo shakuhachi.
NewBorn Trio (Katie Down & Miguel Frasconi on glass instruments with me on various Asian bamboo flutes) performing in Kosovo: