Saturday, July 5, 2014

2014 Rocky Camp Student Concert

Here's the photo of one performance from the student concert. We are performing Kumoi-Jishi (mystical lion).

For more info you can check out the Phoenix Shakuhachi Friends website; or the Rocky Camp;



Friday, July 4, 2014

Back from the Rocky Shakuhachi Camp, Loveland, Co.

I've recently returned from the 14th annual Rocky Shakuhachi Camp in Loveland, Colorado. It was five days; playing the Japanese shakuhachi morning, noon, and night. The students and master level teachers are from all over the world, including several from Japan and one teacher from Australia.

Here's the group photo from the camp. We had two people from Arizona attend the camp. Richard C. And my self.

I'm already looking forward to next year!


Friday, January 25, 2013

The Phoenix Shakuhachi Friends have a new logo!

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We have a new logo that mixes the flames of the Phoenix bird's wings and a shakuhachi.  

February 2nd Shakuhachi Gathering Scottsdale AZ.

FShakuhachi fluteor those of you who in the Phoenix Arizona area come to the monthly gathering for the Phoenix Shakuhachi Friends group. We have a fun mix of basic instruction, Q&A and a bit of performance. Everyone welcome, all levels of players even if you just want to come by and watch. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10:00am until 12:00pm at the Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place – “SNAP”


For more info check out http://phoenixazshakuhachi.comor contact me directly.    Everyone welcome! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Videos from 29 September 2012 Phoenix AZ Shakuhachi Friends Concert.

29 September 2012 Phoenix AZ Shakuhachi Friends Concert.

Kaoru Kakizakai playing Sanya at 

Kaoru Kakizakai playing Sagariha 

Kaoru Kakizakai playing Shingetsu (Heart Moon)

Kaoru Kakizakai playing Gekkou Routeki


Kaoru Kakizakai Performs Amazing Shakuhachi Concert!


DSC_0025  Beyond the amazing music, I really enjoyed seeing the faces of the audience. I had set up my video camera and was seated off to the side. From my position, it was easy to see the audience's faces. We had a large number of people who'd never heard the shakuhachi before. There was also about half-dozen shakuhachi players in the crowd. The faces went from almost jaw dropping awe and steady fixed gazes to those that had a child-like  glow to their face.
We had a nice turnout and after the concert, Kakizakai hung out and answered questions.

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Kakizakai did get to be a tourist while he was here in the Phoenix area. Barbara showed him around and he even met some of the locals.
If you like the sound of the shakuhachi or are just interested in it please check out our web site for more information. We have monthly gatherings where everyone is welcome even if you've never seen a shakuhachi, come on out.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Master Shakuhachi Flute Player Kaoru Kakizakai to Give Concert Sept. 29th.

kakizahai 2 Internationally recognized Japanese shakuhachi flute master Kaoru Kakizakai will be performing a concert of solo works of secular and spiritual music that spans the centuries.

Saturday September 29th at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ticket pricing: $15 and Students and children under 13 year of age $10.

At the Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Sanctuary
Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6400 W Del Rio, Chandler, AZ 85226


Kakizakai was born in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture in 1959 and started playing the kena while he was in his teens. At 21 he started playing the shakuhachi in the Kinko style. His teacher recognized an unusual ability to play so he recommended him study with the master, Yokoyama Katsuya. He graduated from the NHK Traditional Music Conservatory and is the winner of the prestigious Kumamoto All Japan Hogaku competition. He has recorded with Yokoyama sensei on his CDs and videos and is a popular leader of shakuhachi workshops for the International Shakuhachi Training Center (Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan) in Tokyo. He has performed extensively in America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and is a faculty member of the Boulder Colorado summer intensive camps as well as the Australian Shakuhachi Festivals. Currently he is research fellow at the Tokyo College of Music, full time instructor for the International Shakuhachi Kenshukan and NHK Culture Centre and President of the International Shakuhachi Kenshu-kan Chichibu School and Higashi Yamato School.