Shakuhachi Symposium

Keynote speeches, paper presentations and a concert to start of the WSF2018 week


9h00 – 9h15

9h15 – 9h30
Welcome, Kiku DAY

9h30 – 11h30
Panel 1 The common thread running through the history of the shakuhachi
1: Sankyoku magazine and the representation of the shakuhachi as a ritual instrument in early 20th century Japan (Matt GILLAN)

2: Collaborating on a New Japanese Music: MIYAGI Michio and Shakuhachi Masters OSHIDA Seifu and NAKAO Tozan (Anne PRESCOTT)

3: Questions regarding the portrait of Roan (IZUMI Takeo)

4: (Re)constructing the Reigaku Shakuhachi: An Instrument without Tradition and a Tradition without
History (Andrea BIOLAI)

11h30 – 12h00

12h00 – 12h45 
SHIMURA Satoshi Zenpo keynote speech:: Is the Shakuhachi evolving?
The soul of the two types of shakuhachi in the contemporary shakuhachi world and the paths of the four different shakuhachi.

12h45 – 13h45

13h45 – 15h45
Panel 2 Connecting the history of shakuhachi with the present day
5: Change and interpretation in the lineage of YOKOYAMA Katsuya (Lindsay DUGAN)

6: Shakuhachi Birdsongs: Mimesis and Transnationalism in New Compositions for the Instrument (Joe

7: Myōan Temple’s Place in History and its Relationship to Today’s Shakuhachi World (Christian MAU)

8: Beneficial relationships? Thoughts on the Connections between Shakuhachi Practitioners and Zen-Buddhism (Ingrid FRITSCH)

15h45 – 16h15

16h15 – 17h45
Panel 3 The shakuhachi, the instrument and its properties
9: Sounding together: timbral similarities and dissimilarities in common shakuhachi – western instrument
ensembles (Flora HENDERSON)

10: Acoustical comparison of the shakuhachi with the nōkan (YOSHIKAWA Shigeru)

11: A Sympathetic Resonance: The shakuhachi and live electronic music (Mike MCINERNEY)

17h45 – 18h00

18h00 – 18h45
David HUGHES keynote speech: My personal shakuhachi journey to the world of folk song (min’yō)


20h30 – 22h00
Concert-Presentation (open to the general public)
Christopher Yohmei BLASDEL: Rōgeni-ji and Asahidake: The Waterfall that Inspired a Honkyoku
David Kansuke II WHEELER: Eight Views of Lake Biwa: Sights and Sounds of the Floating World

SOAS room guide

The room for all presentations, including the keynote speeches, is Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing, North Block, Torrington Square,
London WC1E 7HX.

Tea and coffee will be provided in the breaks noted in the programme. A basic lunch will be provided as a part of the cost of the conference registration fee. There is no dinner scheduled. The room for tea/coffee and lunch is S209 in Paul Webley Wing – one floor above Wolfson Lecture Theatre.

The evening concert will take place at Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT) on ground floor in Philips Building, SOAS – just across from Paul Webley Wing.

SOAS University of London
10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG