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Cultural Performance: Shakuhachi Flute

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The shakuhachi bamboo flute is among the most recognizable of Japan’s traditional instruments. Join local musician Alex Cooley at the Japanese Garden Cultural Corner for a playful exploration of this uniquely expressive flute. Interspersed with descriptions of the shakuhachi, its notation, and recent history you will hear demonstrations of traditional Honkyoku music, lively Minyo folk tunes, and the contemporary compositions of Fukuda Rando. Please bring your curiosity with you – questions from the audience are very welcome!

About the Artist

Alex Cooley is a Portland native and, since 2009, a student of the shakuhachi under the tutelage of Larry Tyrrell. Alex’s solo repertoire includes modern and contemporary compositions as well as selections from the Kinko Honkyoku tradition and Minyo folk music.