The Sibelius Museum, Turku

  • 31.7.2024 (19.00–20.30)

The flute's journey from bamboo thickets and Zen temples to the concert halls of the world


Shakuhachi (Japanese: 尺⼋) is a Japanese traditional end-blown flute made of bamboo. It was probably introduced to Japan in the 8th century by Buddhist Zen monks who used the instrument to combine meditation, breathing exercises and music making.

In Japan, the shakuhachi is thus associated specifically with the Zen Buddhist komusō monks, who, until the 19th century, wandered around Japan in search of enlightenment by concentrating on the sound of the shakuhachi flute. Very little of the music created by the Komusō monks has survived, but one of them is the Kinko-ryū -honkyoku collection, which is the oldest known collection of Komusō monk music. It includes some 36 compositions, most of them nature themed.

Shakuhachi is still widely used in meditative music but, nowadays, also in world music ensembles, jazz and pop music and Western art music.

Artists performing in the concert:

Tani Yasunori (JPN)
Riley Lee (AUS)
Gunnar Jinmei Linder (SE)
Kiku Day (DK)
Hélène Seiyu Codjo (NL)
Emmanuelle Rouaud (FR)
Thorsten Knaub (FR/UK)
Naoko Kikuchi (Koto) JPN/DE)
Henri Algadafe (el. guit, electronics)
Marty Regan (sävellys)

The programme consists of traditional and newer shakuhachi music.

Ticket 15€/12€, doors 18.30. NB. Concert tickets cannot be bought with the Museum Card.

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The Sibelius Museum
Piispankatu 17, 20500 Turku

050 337 6906, 050 362 5828

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Admission fees

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7/5€, ryhmät 5€/ hlö (väh.10). Konserttien hinnat erikseen.
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| 7/5€, groups 5€/person (min. 10) The price of the concerts may vary.

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