Invited Musicians from Abroad
- Jim Franklin (Germany)
||Dr Jim Franklin initially studied composition and musicology in Australia, Germany and Holland.
In 1986 he encountered the shakuhachi, studying with Dr Riley Lee, Furuya Teruo and Yokoyama Katsuya.
He received his Shihan-license in 1996 from Yokoyama-sensei. As a composer, Franklin also works with contemporary and electroacoustic music,
combining shakuhachi and live electronics. Since 2004 Franklin has lived in Germany. From 2006 to 2009 he was founding Chairperson
of the European Shakuhachi Society. In 2018 he was a key organiser of the World Shakuhachi Festival in London,
responsible for programme and budget.
- David Wheeler, Kansuke II (United States)
MA Tokyo National Arts University, 1985 Japanese Music History and Theory
Musician and musicologist David Kansuke Wheeler lived in Japan for twenty years studying and performing the shakuhachi with some of Japan's
finest traditional masters and ensembles, beginning in Tokyo in 1977 with Junsuke Kawase III (Kansuke I), head of the Kinko Style Chikuyu-sha.
In 2008, in recognition of three decades of performing, production and teaching activities, he received the performance name Kansuke II.
Kansuke's professional career started in Tokyo, and has since taken him all over Japan and around the world. He has had a central role in
every major world shakuhachi festival since the first in Bisei, Japan in 1994, and including Boulder ('98),
Tokyo ('02), New York ('04) and Sidney ('08), Kyoto ('12) and London ('18). Since 1999, he has (with Cory Sperry) annually produced the
Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, featuring faculty from Japan, Australia and the US, and attended by students from North America and Japan.
His work aims at crossing musical and artistic barriers both within and outside of the Japanese traditional performing arts world. Wheeler was a Japan Foundation Lecturer of World Music at CU Boulder in 1997-98, and also lectured at Naropa University. He now teaches and performs from a base in Boulder.
- Gunnar Jinmei Linder (Sweden)
||Kinko-ryu Shakuhachi Shihan |
MA in Shakuhachi, PhD in Japanology
Gunnar studied the shakuhachi in Japan from 1985 with Yamaguchi Goro (1933-99;
Designated Living National Treasure). He holds an MA in shakuhachi (Tokyo
Geidai, 1997), a shihan license from Yamaguchi (1998), and a PhD in Japanology
(Stockholm University, 2012).
Gunnar was professionally active in Japan until 2005. Presently he is teaching and performing widely in Europe, besides working as Associate Professor of
Japanese Studies at Stockholm University and part-time shakuhachi instructor at the Royal College of Music.
In 2016 he was awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation for cultural and academic activities.
- Lindsay Dugan (Australia)
||Lindsay Dugan has been studying shakuhachi with Kakizakai Kaoru since 2004.
In 2008, Lindsay graduated with a Masters degree in shakuhachi performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia,
under the tutelage of Riley Lee. In 2009, after receiving a prestigious Monbusho Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education,
Sports, Culture, Science, and Technology (MEXT), he commenced studies at Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai), graduating with
a Masters degree in shakuhachi performance from Tokyo Geidai in 2014.
In 2015, Lindsay commenced a PhD in Ethnomusicology at University of Melbourne, Australia, researching the performance of Yokoyama Katsuya.
- Kiku Day (Denmark)
||Dr Kiku Day, jinashi shakuhachi player, ethnomusicologist, staff at the Royal Academy of Music, Denmark, studied honkyoku with Okuda Atsuya for 11 years.
Day is a founding member and served 10 years as chairperson for the European Shakuhachi Society.
In 2006 she co-founded the European Shakuhachi Summer School, which has until present taken place in 8 countries.
Day served as the chair of the Executive Committee for the 7th World Shakuhachi Festival in London.
Composers, among others: Roxanna Panufnik, Takahashi Yuji, Frank Denyer have written for her. She has performed as a soloist with
Odense Symphony Orchestra playing Takemitsu Toru's November Steps.