Shakuhachi

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The shakuhachi is a Japanese, end-blown, bamboo flute, and probably originated in Egypt, through China a thousand or more years ago.

It is now all over the world, and ranks as one of the most difficult instruments to play (over 2-1/2 octaves with only 5 holes… 4 front, 1 back). It is not uncommon to spend 5 or more years on the instrument and still not know if your specific shakuhachi is capable of progressing along with you.  It has a tremendous history, including being the primary instrument (and occasional “weapon”) of wandering Komuso Priests / former Samurai warriors.

Derek began playing the shakuhachi many years ago and, more recently, has become immersed in the very intricate and humbling process of making and restoring them.