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Shakuhachi Honkyoku Japanese Flute Played by Riley Kelly Lee

Shakuhachi Honkyoku Japanese Flute Played by Riley Kelly Lee

American Riley Kelly Lee (born 1951) became the first non-Japanese person to attain the rank of Dai Shihan (Grand Master) in the playing of the shakuhachi (Japanese flute). Traditionally made of bamboo, the shakuhachi was introduced into Japan by the Chinese in the 6th century. It was further developed by the Japanese and was adopted by a Zen Buddhist sect as an instrument for meditation. Their songs, called honkyoku, were considered to be performances of spiritual revelation. This recording by Lee presents eight honkyoku pieces: seven traditional songs and an original composition (“Shizen”). The liner notes provide background information on the music including a transcription of “Shizen.”

Track Listing

101
Ajikan Riley Kelly Lee 7:08
102
Shirabe Riley Kelly Lee 3:20
103
Toori Riley Kelly Lee 4:02
104
Kadotsuke Riley Kelly Lee 2:18
105
Hachigaeshi Riley Kelly Lee 5:50
201
Shizen Riley Kelly Lee 9:22
202
Sanya Seiran Riley Kelly Lee 9:08
203
Tamuke Riley Kelly Lee 4:13

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