The Craft of Pure Sound: Making and Playing Shakuhachi, with Perry Yung

New York City  

July 27, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

The shakuhachi — Japanese bamboo flute — has been intimately tied to Zen meditation and practice since ancient times. Over a thousand years later, its haunting sounds still communicate an ethereal truth, and its mystery and naturalness draw us in. Making and playing your own shakuhachi flute can be deeply gratifying, offering students an intimate approach to exploring this unique Zen art.

Flute-maker Perry Yung will share his skill and experience in a day-long workshop that includes making your own shakuhachi and beginning to learn how to play it. Perry studied the craft of shakuhachi making in Japan from a renowned lineage of flute makers and brings these traditional techniques to students in the West. Starting with raw bamboo, participants will drill, cut, and refine the blowing edge (or utaguchi angle) and tune tone holes. The rest of the afternoon will be dedicated to practicing making sound on the shakuhachi, exploring the range of tones as Perry introduces the basics of how to play.

About the Instructor: Perry Yung studied shakuhachi making and playing in Japan, with support from the Japan-US Friendship Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and International House in Tokyo. He traveled throughout Japan, meeting with both Zen and modern shakuhachi makers and master players. He studied primarily with Kinya Sogawa in Japan, among many others, and continues to study with Ralph Samuelson in New York.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65) + $10 materials fee

For more information, or to register:
The Craft of Pure Sound, with Perry Yung
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •